Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres
A DC-10 aerial tanker drops a load of fire retardant near a structure on D'Agostini Road in Mt. Aukum Saturday July 26. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A fast-moving fire that began in El Dorado County Friday afternoon and then moved into Amador County has burned more than 4,000 acres.
Named the Sand Fire, 10 residences and seven outbuildings have been destroyed and 515 more are threatened. Containment was at 35 percent by Sunday morning with firefighters hampered by weather conditions and steep terrain.
Starting at approximately 4:34 p.m., the fire began at the juncture of Highway 49 and ... Continue Reading