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Gold Fire along Highway 49 in El Dorado County is 90 percent contained

A 14-acre fire in southern El Dorado County was reported 90 percent contained Friday morning.

Brice Bennett, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said earlier that the Gold fire started Thursday afternoon along Highway 49 near Sand Ridge Road, about a mile from the area burned by last year’s Sand fire. He said the area contained dense brush and presented access issues. Fire engines, he said, had to ford the Cosumnes River.

No structures were threatened.

Along with Cal Fire, crews from the U.S. Forest Service as well as the Diamond Springs, Georgetown, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, El Dorado County and Amador fire protection districts responded to the fire.

Bennett said the cause of the fire has not been determined. But he said drought conditions were a contributing factor.

“It’s the middle of April, and everything’s green, but it’s dry,” he said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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