Sand Fire: Evacuation orders still in effect

Evacuation orders were still in place Sunday night for more than 1,100 residents affected by the Sand Fire in Amador and El Dorado Counties.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for evacuees at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs. Around 150 people have utilized the shelter for food, housing and other services provided by the Red Cross.

READ MORE: Sand Fire updates from Sunday

As of Sunday night the fire covered 3,800 acres and was 50 percent contained. Thirteen homes have been destroyed and dozens of people have been displaced since the fire started on Friday, including the O'Kay family.

"Everything burned, the house, the contents of the house, the barn," Colleen O'Kay said. She and her husband lost everything inside their 2,000-square-foot home on Saturday.

"I was trying to save the home. The fire just came up so fast, so dry and the wind wasn't working in our favor," Rick O'Kay said.

They will have to start over but are thankful no one was hurt in the fire. They have received clothing donations and other essential items.

A school farm near the high school football stadium is being used as a temporary shelter for displaced livestock.

"We got quite an assortment of animals, everything from chickens to cats and dogs and a bull," volunteer Randy Lund said. More than 100 animals are being kept there during the evacuations.

Fire officials will provide evacuees with another update Monday morning and reevaluate the evacuation situation.

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