A 12-acre grass fire damaged equipment and approached animals at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s sanctuary near Rancho Seco on Sunday afternoon.
No animals were injured, according to PAWS owner Pat Derby. The sanctuary near Rancho Seco is one of three that PAWS owns, the others being on Simmerhorn Road east of Galt and one in San Andreas.
The sanctuary on Twin Cities Road, where Sunday’s fire took place, has about 40 animals, including emus and oryxes, Derby said.
The fire was caused by a bird who crashed into an electrical power line on Clay East Road, east of Kirkwood Street, according to Dace Udris, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.