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Update: Evacuations lifted for two wildfires in El Dorado County

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All evacuations have been lifted for communities affected by the two fast-moving fires that ignited in El Dorado County on Wednesday, fire officials reported.

As of Thursday afternoon, both the Bumper Fire and the Omega Fire were largely contained. The Bumper Fire, which scorched 67 acres near Bumper Road and China Hill Road east of Frenchtown, was 85 percent contained as of 4:34 p.m. Thursday.

“Fire crews have made good progress and forward spread has stopped,” according to Cal Fire’s Thursday morning post.

Cal Fire had dispatched very large air tankers to the fire, which had burned through brush and timber near residences on Wednesday.

Cal Fire did not report that any structures were damaged, though Highway 49 at China Hill Road remained closed to nonresidents.

Northwest of the Bumper Fire, the Omega Fire was burning through grass and oak woodland between Pilot Hill and the west fork of the American River. Flames had destroyed one home and damaged two others as of Thursday afternoon.

The Omega Fire’s statistics mirrored the Bumper Fire’s as of 4:35 p.m. Thursday: 66 acres had burned, and 85 percent containment had been achieved.

The causes of both fires were under investigation Thursday morning. Neither fire is reported to have injured anyone.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office encouraged concerned residents to sign up for its Code Red alert service at ready.edso.org.

Those looking for more information about either fire are encouraged to check the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Twitter feed or call Cal Fire at (530) 647-5218.

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