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Wildfire in Amador County fully contained after injuring one firefighter, Cal Fire says

A wildfire burning in Amador County was fully contained Wednesday evening after injuring one firefighter and temporarily forcing evacuations in the area.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office lifted evacuations in the hills outside Jackson earlier in the afternoon as the brush fire’s forward progress was stopped.

Crews were able to stop forward progress on the blaze which had been “burning at moderate rate of spread in grass and oak woodland on the north side of the north fork of the Mokelumne River,” Cal Fire said on Twitter.

As of 5:30 p.m., the 10.25-acre wildfire had been fully contained.

“Great response by fire crews. Forward progress has stopped and structure threat mitigated,” Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado unit said in an update. “Fire crews will continue to patrol throughout the night for hot spots.”

Firefighters first responded to reports of the vegetation fire near Electra Powerhouse in Jackson shortly after 1 p.m., Cal Fire said. A total of 45 personnel were assigned to the fire and one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

The fire was initially reported at 15 acres, but Cal Fire said more accurate mapping resulted in the 10-acre figure. Cal Fire logs said the fire started around 12:20 p.m.

Evacuations for the Electra Fire were ordered for about an hour for homes surrounding Lake Tabeaud on Canyon View Lane, Amador Lane and Fig Tree Lane, Amador-El Dorado unit said. The order was lifted just after 3:30 p.m.

Molly Sullivan covers crime, breaking news and police accountability for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is an alumna of Chico State.
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