NATOMAS, CA - Fire crews responded to a grassfire in north Natomas when bee hives caught fire Wednesday afternoon.
Sacramento City Fire Department crews responded to the fire at West Elverta Road and East Levee after a man on his way home saw smoke in the air.
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The man followed the smoke to Elverta Road, where he saw the flames and knocked on the door of a couple who live near the fire. They then found a garden hose in a barn and started spraying the fire to keep the flames from spreading.
A neighbor said the property owners lease the land for bee hives and where horses graze in a nearby pasture. The woman said the horses had to be gathered, which was difficult because they were startled by the flames; the horses were eventually taken to safety.
The fire did impact the bee colonies, sending the swarm buzzing from their homes and flying around in the area.
Crews were able to fully contain the fire in less than an hour.
It's unclear how the fire started.