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Fire crews 'save multiple homes' after vegetation fire pops up in Rio Linda

One large building was destroyed and multiple structures damaged before crews were able to control the fire.

RIO LINDA, California — Sacramento fire crews were able to stop a vegetation fire in Rio Linda before it got out of control.

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the "wind-driven vegetation fire" was first reported just after noon Friday. One large building was destroyed and multiple structures were damaged before crews were able to control the fire. Sacramento Metro Fire said the fire had burned a total of five acres as of around 3 p.m.

"Crews were able to save multiple homes and live stock," Sacramento Metro Fire said in a tweet. 

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

EVACUATION:

According to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, there are no evacuations at this time.

STAY INFORMED:

WILDFIRE PREPS

According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier, as well. January 2021 saw just under 1,200 acres burned from nearly 300 wildfires. Fires picked up in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five Northern California counties — Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and wasn't contained until Oct. 25, burning nearly 1 million acres. It has since become the second-largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.

Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people killed. 

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

WATCH: What you need to know to prepare, stay safe for wildfires

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

Read more: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

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