SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Fire Department said it responded to 48 fires over the last 24 hours amid dry, windy weather, in an area not impacted by the mass PG&E power shutoffs.
The department said crews put out fires in three commercial buildings, three homes and halted many grass and brush fires.
While many people in California were without power this week as part of PG&E's preventive power outages, Sacramento homes continued to have power through Sacramento Metropolitan Utilities District (SMUD).
PG&E decided Tuesday to turn off power for upwards of one million people in an attempt to prevent major fires.
The Sacramento Fire Department posted a video on Twitter Thursday showing firefighters dousing the roof of a burning house with water as nearby trees swayed in the wind.
National Weather Service meteorologist Karleisa Rogacheski said the Sacramento Valley is experiencing wind gusts of nearly 30 mph.
Further north in California, winds blew at 60 mph in the mountain peaks of Sierra and Tehama Counties.
The National Weather Service said that many parts of northern California could continue to have a red flag warning until 10 a.m. Friday.
- Immediate evacuations issued as Merrill Fire burns part of Contra Costa County town
- Crews put out vegetation fire near Rio Vista
Weather officials have extended Thursday's red flag warning as wind speeds pick up throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The warning prompted a massive wildfire preventative blackout by PG&E across Northern California.