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  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    Bill Cleek, left, hugs his good friend, Terry Cromwell outside a structure which housed one of 13 antique cars destroyed by fire at Rancho Cicada Retreat on Friday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. Cromwell, of Pine Grove has been restoring the antique cars for more than 10 years. The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this morning from 20 percent on Saturday.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    An antique car, one of 13 destroyed on the Rancho Cicada Retreat property is surrounded by burned trees on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this morning from 20 percent on Saturday.

  • Andrew Seng / aseng@sacbee.com

    Community volunteers provided help to the El Dorado County Animal Control by sanitizing and preparing clean pet carriers for rescued animals at the Ponderosa Agricultural School at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, California on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    A City of Folsom firefighter moves through burned trees and ash not far from the origin of the Sand Fire near the Cosumnes River in Amador County on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this morning from 20 percent on Saturday.

  • Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

    Bill Cleek looks over the remains of one of his 12 cabins which were destroyed by fire at his Rancho Cicada Retreat on the edge of the Cosumnes River in Amador County on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Plymouth, Calif. The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this morning from 20 percent on Saturday.

  • Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee

    Flames from the Sand fire, envelop trees and brush near the Story winery in Plymouth.

  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    A DC-10 Air Tanker makes a drop on the Sand Fire at the middle fork of the Cosumnes River as firefighters standby to protect a home on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Cal Fire: 10 homes, seven outbuildings destroyed by Sand fire

Published: Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014 - 4:29 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 - 12:22 am

The fire that forced more than 1,200 residents to evacuate their homes in El Dorado and Amador counties has destroyed 10 homes and seven outbuildings, according to Cal Fire. The 3,800-acre blaze is 35 percent contained this afternoon from 20 percent on Saturday.

There has been one minor injury to an inmate firefighter, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a Cal Fire spokesperson. There are about 1,500 firefighters battling the fire.

"(Yesterday) we ended up with triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and high winds, which caused the fire to jump the containment line," Tolmachoff said.

Highway 49 is open, but drivers should be aware of a lot of fire personnel travelling on this road, she said. Sand Ridge, Mt. Aukum, Vintage and Buzzards Gulch roads are all closed.

•  Live blog: Updates from the Sand fire


Call The Bee’s Quinn Western, (916) 321-1031.

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