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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.

Former doctor accuses Mather VA of substandard care; hospital responds to allegations


While people across the country are speaking out, outraged by what they see as substandard patient care at Veterans Administration hospitals, a former high-ranking doctor at the Mather VA Hospital said veterans deserve better than the treatment they get there.

Before the Air Force sent him to medical school, Dr. Matthew Bonzani flew F-15E Strike Eagles, including combat missions during Desert Storm. Suffering multiple injuries while on active duty, Bonzani felt a special connection to his patients when he became Chief of Anesthesiology at the Mather VA Hospital.

"You can't compare with what a lot of these guys have seen," Bonzani said. "They've been through much more than I have."

According to Bonzani, part of the reason he lost his job in 2010 was for taking off four weeks to recover from knee surgery. He's now suing the VA and speaking out about what he says went on behind the scenes.

2 bodies found in Folsom Lake

2 bodies found in Folsom Lake


Two bodies were found at Folsom Lake Saturday afternoon.

California State Parks spokesperson Vicky Waters said the first body was found around 12:50 p.m. by a person visiting the lake. The body was located off the tip of the peninsula, on the South Fork side of the lake.

After El Dorado County sheriff's deputies and State Parks employees responded to the scene, they spotted the second body in the same area. The identities will be released by El Dorado County Coroner's Office, Waters said.

Last week, four men were reported missing when the speed boat they were on capsized in the middle of the lake, near Brown's Ravine.

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.

Coroner identifies man's body found in Folsom Lake search

Coroner identifies man's body found in Folsom Lake search


Authorities said a body was found in Folsom Lake Friday morning during a state parks patrol of the lake.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office identified the body on Saturday as 47-year-old James Andrew Strauch, one of the four men who was reported missing in a boating accident last week. The cause of death has not been determined yet.

Strauch; Toby Strauch, 54; Jake Jacobs, 53; and Jon Smith, 47, were reported missing on Saturday, May 10, 2014, when a speed boat the men were in capsized in the middle of the lake, near Brown's Ravine, that afternoon.

The speed boat, which is 35 to 40 feet long, was recovered by search crews the day of the accident.

Since last week, searchers on jet skis, boats and dive teams were in the water to looking for the men. On Thursday, searchers from several agencies announced they were scaling back their recovery efforts.