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Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.

Windswept fires kept firefighters on the defensive for another day.


SACRAMENTO - Another day of wind kept firefighters on the run across Northern California, battling grass and brush fires.

A fire alongside Sacramento's old dump beside the Capitol City Freeway sent city fire crews on the offensive shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday. The windswept blaze burned 8 acres before it was contained. Arson is suspected and police have detained a suspect for questioning.

A fire that broke out in Elk Grove along Civic Drive was contained to about 1 acre. The blaze was caused by someone mowing the grass in the middle of a windy day.

"This week is a classic example of when you should not be doing defensible space," Cal Fire spokesperson Daniel Berlant said. "In the hot temperatures, dry conditions and a little bit of wind, that's gonna allow a fire to quickly spark and ignite and spread very, very quickly."

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season


The fire season started early and is already keeping firefighters busy.

The lack of rain during the 2013-2014 rainy season combined with the two previous dry years, added up to critical fire conditions.

Most fires require three elements to ignite: fuel, oxygen and heat. This is illustrated as a fire triangle. Removing one of the elements will extinguish or prevent fires. The triangle is a helpful tool when surveying our own fire risk.

When we look at our current year, there is plenty of dry brush for fuel due to the drought. Winds can help to further dry vegetation making it prime for catching fire and quickly spreading. Clearing dry brush can help to minimize this spreading.

Oxygen is present naturally in our atmosphere.

Finally, heat is especially common during the late spring and through the summer.

Twitter scavenger hunt comes to Sacramento, hides treats

Twitter scavenger hunt comes to Sacramento, hides treats


Hidden cash drops have not come to Sacramento … yet.

But one donor is taking up the spirit of Twitter account @HiddenCash and is hiding donuts across the Sacramento area.

Twitter user @HiddenDonut popped up Wednesday in response to the anonymous cash drops of $20 and $100 bills that appeared last week in San Francisco.

"Hiding donuts throughout Sacramento to make people smile and feed their hunger!" the @HiddenDonut profile reads.

The first donut drop was at Hughes Dog Park in Roseville. The find was tweeted about at 10:16 a.m. Thursday.

The fourth donut drop happened Saturday. The first clue for the drop was tweeted at 7:07 a.m., followed by two others.

How Fleming hid from law enforcement for 16 days

How Fleming hid from law enforcement for 16 days


ELK GROVE - When investigators revealed Friday that murder suspect Orville "Moe" Fleming had essentially been hiding under a bush for two weeks -- close to where law enforcement began its manhunt -- it was hard for many to believe.

However, a tour of the dense vegetation in the field next to an Elk Grove neighborhood, near Apricot Woods Way and Black Kite Drive, showed plenty of potential hiding places for 55-year-old Fleming.

The grassy, weeded fields used to be 14-year-old Logan Black's playground, but after Elk Grove police found Fleming's Cal Fire truck abandoned nearby on May 1, Logan's parents kept the boy clear of the area.

"We stayed away for a little. I was kind of scared to go down here," Logan said.

JMG Tennis Academy Director Joseph Gilbert Honored With “Coach of the Year" Award

JMG Tennis Academy Director Joseph Gilbert Honored With “Coach of the Year" Award

Joseph Morris Gilbert, Director of the JMG Tennis Academy at Arden Hills in Sacramento, was recently recognized during the Team USA Coaching Awards reception with a prestigious “2013 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year” award.  Each year, the U.S. Olympic Committee honors the best in sport coaching as part of an annual recognition program and the “Developmental Coach of the Year” award is presented to a dedicated coach at the youth club, high school or junior level, or a coach who is directly responsible for training athletes to reach the junior and/or elite level. 

Sheriff: Fleming 'admitted culpability' in stabbing of girlfriend after arrest

Sheriff: Fleming 'admitted culpability' in stabbing of girlfriend after arrest


A former Cal Fire battalion chief who eluded capture for more than two weeks was arrested Friday for the murder of his girlfriend.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at a news conference early Friday evening Orville "Moe" Fleming, "admitted culpability in the stabbing of Ms. (Sarah June) Douglas on May 1st." Fleming, 55, was interviewed by homicide detectives for a couple of hours about Douglas' death and where he had been hiding, Jones said.

Fleming was taken into custody earlier in the day only a few miles from where his Cal Fire pickup truck was found abandoned in an Elk Grove neighborhood, near Apricot Woods Way and Black Kite Drive, on May 1. Det. Brian Meux said Fleming had been living in heavy brush along a small canal near that location.