Structures untouched in pair of small wildfires

Published: Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 11:06 am

Firefighters worked Saturday to contain two separate wildfires in the Eldorado National Forest.

The Baltic fire started about 7:15 a.m., burning 15 acres just south of Ferrari Mill Road, south of Pollock Pines. As of Saturday night, the fire was 75 percent contained. The area is undeveloped and doesn't contain any structures, according to Frank Mosbacher of the U.S. Forest Service.

Some of the fire crews moved over to the Volcano fire when it was reported shortly after 3:15 p.m. northeast of Georgetown. As of Saturday night, the fire off Volcanoville Road had burned 4 acres and was 50 percent contained, Mosbacher said.

Helicopters, air tankers, engines and water tenders responded to the Volcano fire, which for a time threatened residential homes in the area. Mosbacher said residents who voluntarily left their homes returned by 8 p.m. A crew of 40 people continued to work on the fire late Saturday.

Mosbacher warned that the Volcano fire site, with its dense trees and steep canyons, is prone to wildfires.

"Someday there will be a major fire in that area," he said. "Luckily, (Saturday) wasn't that day."

The causes for both wildfires are under investigation.

Call The Bee's Janelle Bitker, (916) 321-1027. Follow her in Twitter @JanelleBitker.

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