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UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Cal Fire said the Sand Fire has grown to 3,000 acres with containment at 20 percent.
UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: Cal Fire said the Sand Fire has grown to 4,000 acres with containment at 20 percent.
UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Cal Fire spokesperson Lynn Tolmachoff said about 700 homes have been evacuated since Friday evening when the Sand Fire ignited at the Amador-El Dorado county line. The evacuation orders were expanded Saturday to cover residences in and around River Pines Estates in Amador County.
The fires is being pushed ahead by 20 mph wind gusts as it burns oaks, pines and waist-high grass. Tolmachoff said authorities are calling in a giant DC-10 air tanker to help in the fight.
The blaze is moving away from the vineyards in the area, Tolmachoff said.
The Sand Fire evacuation center is changing location to Ponderosa High School
UPDATE 5:10 p.m.: The Placerville Police Department said there is no imminent threat to the city at this time. Police said smoke from the Sand Fire is being blown into the city. The city is serving as a staging area to support emergency responders to the Sand Fire.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: More than 450 residences have been evacuated from Amador and El Dorado counties due to the Sand Fire since 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Cal Fire spokesperson Lynn Tolmachoff said more than 1,000 people were forced to evacuate within 24 hours.
UPDATE 4 p.m.: New evacuations are in progress at Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Riverpine Subdivision, Cal Fire said.
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PLYMOUTH (AP) - A wildfire in Northern California has destroyed five homes and several other structures near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Sand Fire has burned about 1,300 acres near the border of Amador and El Dorado counties. It was about 20 percent contained Saturday morning.
The fire broke out shortly before 5 p.m. Friday north of the town of Plymouth. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain near vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley.
By Saturday afternoon, mandatory evacuations expanded to include Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Riverpine Subdivision.
On Friday, 250 homes were evacuated on Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road.
Officials have set up an evacuation center at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and closed a stretch of Sand Ridge Road.
Cal Fire said 672 personnel are working to fight the blaze. There are 53 engines, 21 fire crews, five airtankers, seven helicopters, nine dozers and and 12 water tenders at scene of the fire.
The cause is under investigation.