The Fourth of July proved to be a busy night for firefighters at the Cosumnes Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to 20 fires in a 14-hour period beginning on July 4 at noon. While a majority of fires involved grassland, the department responded to several trash fires and provided three engines, one ladder truck and a chief officer to assist the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department with a house fire in the Vintage Park neighborhood north of Elk Grove.
Fifteen of the fires occurred in the three-hour period between 9 p.m. and midnight.
"This is what we fear on the Fourth. Multiple fires at the same time have units responding from fire to fire and that makes it difficult to keep anyone available for the next emergency," stated Deputy Fire Chief John Michelini.
According to Michelini, the Cosumnes Fire Department increased the number of fire units available for response during the Fourth and that certainly paid off.
"Without those additional fire units, we would have run out of resources several times during the evening," he said.
Cosumnes Fire Department Arson Investigators issued numerous citations during the evening and confiscated several pounds of illegal fireworks.
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