Twenty-five homes in the Somerset area of El Dorado County were threatened Tuesday afternoon by a fire that burned 15 acres of heavy brush.
The Sand fire started at 11:35 a.m. on Sand Ridge Road near Bucks Bar Road southeast of Placerville. As of Tuesday evening, the fire's progress had been stopped and it was 50 percent contained, according to a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection news release.
No injuries or structural damage was reported.
"Some of the homeowners had done an excellent job creating defensible space around their homes and it clearly made the difference between them returning to their home or a pile of ashes, since the fire literally burned right up to their homes," Robert Little, a spokesman for Cal Fire's Amador-El Dorado Unit, said in a written statement.
Officials said the fire spotted across Mount Aukum/E-16 Road. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office oversaw voluntary evacuations of the Meyers and Moody roads area until the spot fires were contained.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.