Fires

Update: Buckaroo fire in El Dorado County reported 35 percent contained, 25 acres burned

Fire crews worked quickly to rein in a brush fire in southern El Dorado that may have been sparked by lightning Thursday afternoon.

As of 7:45 p.m., the Buckaroo fire, burning in the area of Bucks Bar Circle and Buckaroo Trail near Somerset, was reported 35 percent contained with 25 acres burned.

The fire was reported about 4:50 p.m. Brice Bennett, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the fire was burning in an area of grassy oak woodlands and crews initially had difficulty gaining access. He said 16 engines, five water tenders, six hand crews, six air tankers, two helicopers, and a bulldozer joined in fighting the fire.

No structures were threatened.

Although the cause of the fire had not been determined, Bennett said lightning was a possible culprit. As of about 7:15 p.m., he said, rain was falling in the area.

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