Most evacuation orders lifted for Sand Fire, containment at 75%

Monday proved to be another good day for firefighters on the front lines of the Sand Fire in Amador and El Dorado counties.

Cal Fire said the fire remains at 3,800 acres but containment has jumped to 75 percent. As of Monday evening, most evacuation orders were lifted and residents were given the okay to return to their homes.

"When we found out we could come home, we couldn't pack the car fast enough," said Terri Durnall, who was beyond excited to be back under her own roof.

She was staying with relatives during the three-day evacuation. "We're really happy to be back and I'm really sorry to see how much has been burned," said Durnall.

More evacuations lifted as Sand Fire containment reaches 75 percent

A total of 13 homes were destroyed since the Sand Fire began on Friday.

While the fire grew over the weekend, threatening hundreds of homes, some people defied the evacuation orders and stayed behind.

"There was a lot to lose, and I didn't feel really in danger," said Doug Durnall. He stayed behind to look after his neighbor's house who were vacationing in Europe. On Friday, the fire came just feet away from the home before firefighters were able to save the structure.

The same could not be said for several of his other neighbors' homes who were destroyed.

"It's just sad what happened, but it's nature, it just happens," said Doug Durnall.

Two locations still remain under evacuation orders. Those include Freshwater Road, south of Vintage Trail and Painted Pony Road.


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