PLYMOUTH (CBS13/AP) —Firefighters are readying for a fire that has the potential to spread quickly in the hills of El Dorado and Amador counties.

Saturday morning estimates on the Sand Fire have it at the same size and containment as it was the previous night. With temperatures once again expected to soar into the triple digits, conditions are ripe for the fire to take off again on Saturday.

The fire broke out late Friday afternoon and quickly grew to 1,300 acres in a matter of hours in the steep terrain. It has already burned five homes and seven outbuildings. An additional 250 structures are threatened.

The fire has led to the evacuation of about 750 people from 250 homes north of the town of Plymouth, about 40 miles east of Sacramento, CalFire spokeswoman Lynn Tolmachoff said. Officials have set up an evacuation center at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds and closed a stretch of Sand Ridge Road.

Road closures include: Sand Ridge Road from Highway 49 to Ladies Valley Road, and Bell Road

Evacuations are in effect for the following areas:

  • Sand Ridge Road
  • Fresh Water
  • Burlwood
  • Morales Ranch Road
  • Vintage Trail
  • Upton Road
  • Twin Rivers Road

The fire crossed the Cosumnes River into more rugged terrain, quickly spreading to dry, thick brush and woodland terrain near vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley.

“The drought is very severe here. All the plants are catching fire and spreading very easily,” Tolmachoff said.
Investigators are trying to determine whether a burned car found by the riverbed ignited the fire, which has sent a huge plume of smoke across the region.
The rough terrain has hampered firefighters’ efforts to corral the blaze. Crews are focused on slowing the fire’s march toward Logtown, a historic mining town in El Dorado County, Tolmachoff said.
“The firefighters will be here all day and all night again trying to get this fire wrapped up,” Tolmachoff said.
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