Families return home as crews control Hwy. 49 fire

11:37 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Smoke from Sand Fire off Highway 49 and Sand Ridge Road in El Dorado County. Photo courtesy Dawn Hubbard from her Hubbard Sign Company's 60-foot crane

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - Firefighters have a 35-acre Sand Fire under control before it reached homes near Sand Ridge Road and Highway 49 area south of Diamond Springs Thursday afternoon.

"I could see the flames. I was worried about myself and my dog so I left," said Roger Evans who voluntarily evacuated his home. "It was pretty scary."

He and a handful of other residents began returning home before sundown because crews gained the upper hand on the fire.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Teri Mizuhara said crews had 60 percent containment and had halted the threat to residences. One outbuilding was destroyed, however.

No one was injured.

Cal Fire said the fire was fully contained Friday.


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