|News Release||City of Roseville|
Public Affairs & Communications Office
311 Vernon St.
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 774-5362
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #6-21-2013-1|
|Subject :||Maidu Park Grass Fire Update - June 21|
|Contact :||Brian Jacobson, Public Information Officer (916) 751-9149|
A grass fire at Maidu Park in Roseville began this afternoon at 2:25pm. The fire grew rapidly due to heavy winds. The fire is surrounded and now close to full containment. There have been no injuries, although 5 structures were burned. Of those, 2 are severely damaged homes, 2 moderately damaged homes and 1 burned gazebo in the backyard of another home.
Posted on June, 21 at 7:59 p.m.
Of the 2 severely damaged homes, 1 was vacant. The family from the other home is safe and have shelter provided by their insurance company. Of the 2 moderately damaged homes, one family was away at the time and have not returned. The fire department is making contact with the other family. The homes burned were on Bremington Court and McLaren Drive.
30 acres were burned, mostly grassland open space on the eastern side of the park. The Maidu Library and Community Center; Maidu Museum and Maidu Elementary School were not damaged. There were some children at the Elementary School but they were never in danger. P Events at the park were canceled for tonight but are expected to go on as planned Saturday. Some homes on Johnson Ranch Road and McLaren Drive were evacuated for a short time but are no longer.
Many other fire agencies responded, including Sac Metro Fire, Cal Fire, Rocklin, South Placer, Loomis, Penryn Fire. At the peak, approx. 180 fire fighters were fighting the fire. Overnight, 70-80 firefighters will be on scene continuing to put out hot spots and cleaning up.
The fire is considered suspicious. There are reports of juveniles running from the origin of the fire. Roseville Fire investigators are on scene now. If anyone has information about the origin of the fire, please call 774-5000.