Sand Fire 95% contained

By From page A1 | August 01, 2014

The Sand Fire has been nearly fully contained and management of the fire has been handed to the local Cal Fire unit.

A final update Wednesday evening from Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McClean revealed the fire was at 95 percent containment. The fire had technically grown in size to 4,240 acres, but this was due to additional and better mapping, not the fire itself growing.

Mop-up operations were to continue for several days, with 948 personnel still assigned to the fire. No additional buildings had been damaged or destroyed.

As excess resources continue to be released or reassigned, the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire will take over management of operations for the fire.

“Rugged terrain and hot, dry weather conditions in addition to hazards associated with mines within the fire area continue to be a challenge for firefighters,” McClean wrote.

All road closures and evacuations have been lifted.

There were 45 engines, 12 water tenders, seven bulldozers and 36 hand crews still assigned to the fire Wednesday evening.

Cole Mayer

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