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UPDATE 7:55 p.m.:
Current satellite map of the fire:
UPDATE 7:45 p.m.:
Evacuations still in place. Evacuees getting update on #SandFire from fire officials at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs. Follow News 10 reporter Carlos Saucedo for the latest information @Carlos_Sucedo on Twitter.
UPDATE 7:05 p.m.:
Sunday July 27, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Incident Start Date: 07-25-2014 Incident Start Time: 4:34 p.m.
Incident Type: Wildland Incident Location: Plymouth
Size / Acres: 3,800 Cause: Vehicle into dry vegetationContainment: 50% Expected Containment: 08-04-2014
Structures Threatened: 515 Structures Destroyed: 51 Structures Damaged: 0
Engines: 196 Water Tenders: 52 Dozers: 30 Hand Crews: 51
Air Tankers: 6 Helicopters: 8 Total Personnel: 1,905
Current Situations: Containment lines increased signifcantly today, assisted by additional fire personnel and equipment. The steep, dry terrain continues to be a challenge as the crews work toward total containment. Assessment teams were able to identify 13 residential structures and 38 outbuilding that had been destroyed. Fire damage assessment continues.
Evacuations: Evacuation Orders: Sand Ridge Rd. to Morning Canyon Rd., Vintage Trail to Sand Ridge Rd., Bell Rd., D Agostini Rd., Pertioni Rd. All of Buzzards Gulch Rd. and all roads off of Buzzards Gulch Rd., Fairplay Rd and Dorado Caynon Road and all connecting roads and River Pines Estates.
Evacuation Warning: Outingdale Community
Evacuation Shelter: Ponderosa High School, 3661 Ponderosa Rd,. Shingle Springs
Red Cross (408) 781-5681
Road Closures: Sand Ridge Rd., from Highway 49 to Bucks Bar Rd. Mt Aukum Rd., (E16) to Bucks Bar Rd. Fairplay Rd., to E16. Bell Rd.
Animal Evacuations: Animal Services (530) 621-7515 - Animals except for horses are accepted at Ponderosa High School, Horses are no longer accepted at El Dorado County Fairgrounds
Additional Information: Fire information for the public can be obtained at 530-647-5218.The public is strongly urged to use extra caution and to drive slowly on Highway 49. This is due to the large amount of fire equipment that is traversing highway 49.
Assisting Agencies: CHP, El Dorado Co SO, Amador SO, Cal OES, CDCR, El Dorado Co Animal Control, USFS, BLM, El Dorado Co DOT, CCC, Red Cross, PG&E, Cal Trans
UPDATE 6:35 p.m.
The Sand Fire is now at 3,800 acres with 50 percent containment, according to Cal Fire.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.
Cal Fire has confirmed an unidentified person had a drone up over the fire Sunday morning and was told to stop -- or all air-attack operations against the fire would be halted because of the potential danger to firefighting planes. The person with the drone was using it to shoot video, according to information gathered by News 10 reporter Suzanne Phan.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.:
The American Red Cross has their website up for families searching for the love ones in the Sand Fire:
UPDATE 8:25 a.m.: Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said better aerial mapping has allowed Cal Fire officials to determine that the blaze now covers 3,800 acres. It is 35 percent contained. Ten homes and seven outbuildings have been destroyed, and about 1,200 people have been evacuated, McLean said. He said one firefighter has suffered a minor heat-related injury. About 1,500 personnel are on scene battling the fire, which is moving in a north-northeast direction, McLean said. - Ian Hill, online editor
Crews are continuing to battle the Sand Fire, a blaze near the border of Amador and El Dorado counties that covered thousands of acres as of Sunday morning. About 700 homes have been evacuated since Friday evening.
This post will include the updates on the fire Sunday. Please re-load for the latest information.