Fire crews massed manpower and materiel against a stubborn Sierra Nevada wildfire Sunday as volunteers unleashed a major effort to save stranded animals.

With 1,200 El Dorado and Amador county residents leaving their homes this weekend because of the Sand Fire, neighboring communities have stepped in to provide clothing and shelter evacuees and their animals.

Gold Country residents got a firsthand look Saturday at the extreme fire danger California faces as the Sand fire blazed through forests and homes in El Dorado and Amador counties and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes with only minutes of warning.

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.

Firefighters are battling three blazes in the region, each with its own set of circumstances.

Sacramento-area residents will see a worsening of their air quality this evening due to the effects of the Sand fire that has burned more than 4,000 acres in El Dorado and Amador counties.

Elizabeth Bulloch talks about being forced from her Fresh Water Lane home by the Sand Fire that started on Friday and continues to burn fiercely in the dry, hot foothills of El Dorado and Amador counties .

Mandatory evacuations were announced this afternoon for River Pines Estates, a community of 200 homes in Amador County, as the Sand fire intensity increase, according to Cal Fire.

The American River Parkway, crown jewel of Sacramento with 23 miles of forests, beaches, bike paths and hiking trails, is bone dry this year and causing unprecedented headaches for area firefighters.

An outbuilding in South Sacramento suffered considerable damage during a grass fire Saturday afternoon.

An auto-related businesses in East Sacramento went up in flames Friday morning but quick work by firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to adjacent businesses and an electrical substation.

Sacramento fire crews on Tuesday evening knocked down a fire that burned an area along the American River bike trail, prompting closure of the Capital City Freeway for about 20 minutes.

The Franklin Field airport in Elk Grove reopened Tuesday afternoon after firefighters extinguished a 120-acre grass fire nearby, according to the Cosumnes fire department’s Twitter.

State, local and federal firefighters have seen blazes break out exceedingly early in the calendar year, when forests typically would be awash in moisture. Agencies are bracing for one of the longest and most difficult fire seasons in memory.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials arrested a Sacramento man late Friday for allegedly sparking a Shasta County wildfire that has burned 2,930 acres and destroyed six buildings.

A three-alarm fire hit the Happy Harbor Bar & Grill in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Friday morning.

The fire that burned 160 acres at Cal Expo on the Fourth of July poses no threat to Friday’s opening of the California State Fair, fire officials said Wednesday.

Two homes were damaged Wednesday afternoon in south Sacramento after a two-alarm shed fire spread to the houses, according to the Sacramento Fire Department.

Cal Fire investigators are asking the public’s help as they work to determine the cause of the Monticello fire, which as of Tuesday had burned 6,488 acres, primarily in Yolo County.

Firefighters will work under arduous conditions Monday to stop the advance of a wildland fire that so far has burned nearly 6,500 acres in rural Yolo County.

Monday was another hectic day for wildland firefighters. Although evacuations were lifted for residential areas and campgrounds that had been threatened by the Monticello fire in Yolo County, crews continued to battle the fire in more remote areas.

Evacuated Golden Bear Estate residents gathered at the Winters Community Center as the Monticello fire, which started late Friday night on the southeast shore of Lake Berryessa, grew to 7,000 acres.

The Sacramento Fire Department broke its trend of hiring within the organization with its newly appointed fire chief, Walt White. Since his first day on the job on July 2, the region, in the throes of its fire season, has kept him busy. He has already been called to address multiple fires, including one on July 4 near Raging Waters water park at Cal Expo, where thousands of visitors were evacuated.

An attic fire in a home on the 1500 block of 63rd Street in South Sacramento destroyed part of the home’s roof.

As a major wildfire in western Yolo County continued to grow today, fire crews established control lines to protect homes.

The fire was 15 percent contained Saturday afternoon, officials said, down from 25 percent containment earlier in the day. Several hundred firefighters are taming the flames, and 50 rural homes in Yolo County have been evacuated.

A 40-acre grass fire that brushed up against the south side of Bonney Field at Cal Expo forced the postponement of the Sacramento Republic FC’s sold-out game Friday night against the Orange County Blues FC.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for most homes that were threatened by Butts Fire, CAL FIRE public information officer Daniel Berlant said Thursday.

The Sacramento Fire Department responded to a five-acre fire along the American River Parkway around 2 a.m. Thursday.

The latest evidence erupted Tuesday in Napa County with the Butts fire, a 3,800-acre blaze that by Wednesday had forced the evacuation of nearly 200 homes and threatened as many as 380 structures.

One thousand firefighters battled a 3,200-acre fire that threatens hundreds of homes in Napa County all afternoon Tuesday and into the night, and they’re not done yet.

A family of five was displaced by a fire that destroyed their Pocket area home this afternoon.

The Truckee Fire Protection District, along with the National Weather Service, has issued a red-flag warning for fires from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Sacramento Metro fire crews responded to reports of a fire inside a unit at the CubeSmart storage facility at 4950 Watt Avenue in North Highlands just after 12:30 p.m. yesterday.

A three-alarm fire in south Sacramento this evening burned two houses, a detached garage and numerous vehicles on the lot of an auto repair shop.

Crews from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District extinguished a grass fire that also burned two outbuildings and a reservoir covering at a de-commissioned water treatment plant on Sunday night.

Twenty crews from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District fought a 10-acre fire that threatened three structures, including a water treatment facility, on Mather Boulevard and Femoyer Street in Rancho Cordova Sunday night.

More than 300 firefighters are working to tame a 100-acre fire that threatened homes and forced an evacuation near Copperopolis in Calaveras County.

A woman was found dead in smoke-filled townhouse in Orangevale this afternoon.

Firefighters pulled a man from a burning home in Arden Arcade Tuesday morning.

A Lincoln woman escaped a fire in her home this morning after she was alerted by her dog.

A 1-acre vegetation fire just east of Auburn took six hours to extinguish overnight and served as the latest sign of how dry conditions have posed unusual challenges this fire season, state officials said.

Residents were initially trapped inside seven units at the Autumn Ridge Apartments, said Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District Capt. Michelle Eidam

The graduation stage was burned to the ground and part of the football field was heavily damaged overnight at Roseville High School.

The former home Sacramento’s popular Squeeze Inn burger joint burned Wednesday night.

The Cosumnes Fire Department reports that three houses were damaged by a grass fire late this afternoon near the Sacramento-Elk Grove border.

The U.S Forest Service plans prescribed fire operations around the Lake Tahoe basin throughout the rest of May, beginning this week at the Luther Pass Campground off Highway 89 near South Lake Tahoe.

A three-alarm fire badly charred two Victorian homes Friday morning in downtown Sacramento, displacing at least a dozen residents.

A two-alarm fire tore through an east Sacramento restaurant early Friday morning, authorities said.

An apparent arson attempt briefly closed Yolo County’s main Woodland courthouse Wednesday morning as investigators sought leads into the overnight incident.

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