Grass fires burn in Placer County, neighbors rescue horses in nearby barn

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

​While the blaze didn’t reach the barn, gusty winds and dead grass had good Samaritans helped 30 horses get out of the smoke.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — Two grass fires burned a handful of acres just outside of Antelope Thursday night, according to Cal Fire officials.

The fires burned on both sides of PFE Road and Watt Avenue. The south side burned roughly two acres while the north burned roughly 15. Helicopters were in the area assisting in battling the fire. 

Fire officials say initial reports called them to the area about fireworks. 

Tristan Hamm, a good Samaritan vacationing in the area, says he rescued 30 horses from a barn nearby after being hailed by a ranch worker. 

While the blaze didn’t reach the barn, it got close to the property line. With gusty winds and dead grass had them wanting to stay “safe than sorry.” 

“The fire department did an amazing job… this could’ve been really bad,” said Hamm. 

He, along with neighbors, brought the panicked horses onto the street after safely calming them down — something he says is important before handling horses. 

All 30 horses were returned to their stable stalls once the smoke cleared the barn.

No injuries were reported in this fire and no structures were damaged, according to officials. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no other information is available at this time.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.