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Fire department douses suspicious blaze Tuesday in LincolnCrossing

By: By Carol R. Percy and Allie Schwartz/ Lincoln News Messenger Reporters
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Arson could be the cause of a Tuesday-morning fire in Lincoln Crossing that scorched grassland near a popular walking trail, according toLincoln’s top

fire-department official.

No injuries were reported, Lincoln Interim Fire Chief Michael Davis said Tuesday.

A bystander reported seeing two youths on scooters at the trail near the time of the fire, Davis said Tuesday, and the source of the fire is under investigation.

Driven by mild southwest winds, the grassland blaze started at about10 a.m. Tuesday along an open space trail between Groveland Laneand Highway 65, according to Davis.  

Flames scorched about a quarter-acre of grassland along an open space trail near Club Lincoln Crossing, Davis said. 

Eleven firefighters and four engines responded to the 9 -1 -1 call at 10:01 a.m. Tuesday.  Three engines were dispatched from Lincoln stations 33, 34 and 35, and one from Placer County Fire, according to Davis.

Although Lincoln Fire Station No. 33 has been temporarily closed since July 8 due to limited funds, the station was open Tuesday, Davis said. The fire department anticipates that station will be open about 200 of 365 days in the 2014–2015 fiscal year, according to the fire chief.

Due to light rains Tuesday and the fire department’s quick response, Davissaid, the fire was extinguished in less than 30 minutes.

Fire damage will be about $200, according to Scott Boynton, city of Lincoln’s maintenance supervisor for parks, facilities, and open space.

Lincoln fire officials are looking into the cause of the fire and may turn the investigation over to the Lincoln police department, Davis said.

Davis said anyone with information about the Lincoln Crossing fire should call the Lincoln fire department at 645-4040.