Sand Fire Update

The Sand Fire has burned approximately 4,000 acres. The fire is 20% contained. There have been a total of 606 voluntary evacuations and 477 mandatory evacuations. Sandridge Road is going to remain closed until further notice.East 16 at Fairplay is closed to the El Dorado County line. The reverse 911 system used by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Service was utilized five separate times to warn over one thousand citizens as the fire progressed.Those residents who use a cellular phone as their sole means of telephonic communication are urged to register their device with the Sheriff’s OES self registration portal. This can be done by typing in your URL/search bar.

The Red Cross Evacuation Center was moved from the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to the Ponderosa High School gymnasium. Domestic animals are welcome and can be brought with their owners and caged outside of the evacuation center with the exception of horses. Horses are not permitted at the Ponderosa Evacuation Center If you come across a stray animal or have become separated from your pet you can contact El Dorado County Animal Services at

To check on evacuees or loved ones, the Red Cross has also set up their "Safe and Well" website. The website is accessible at There are two ways to search:by phone number and name or by name and complete address.


Incident Update

7-26-14, 7:30 pm

Fire Information Line: 530-227-3571

Location: Plymouth County: Amador / El Dorado
Acres: 4000 Acres % Containment: 20%
Start Date & Time: 7-25-14, 4:34pm Expected Containment:
Injuries: 1 Structures Destroyed: 5 Residences, 7 Outbuildings
Cause: Vehicle in dry vegetation


Fire Engines: 149 Fire Crews: 45 Bulldozers: 16
Airtankers: 6 Helicopters: 6 Total Personnel: 1464
Current Situation: Due to the extreme fire conditions that took place this afternoon the fire increased in size to over 4000 acres in a very short period of time. It continues to spread to the north east. The firefighters will continue to reestablish containment lines and strengthen those that exist. The fire is in an area of steep terrain making it difficult in some areas to access.
Evacuations: Evacuation Orders: Sand Ridge Rd. to Morning Canyon Rd., Vintage Rd. to Sand Ridge Rd., Vintage Rd. to Morning Canyon Rd., Bell Rd., D’Agostini Rd., Pertoni Rd., All of Buzzards Gulch Rd. as well as all roads off of Buzzards Gulch Rd. and River Pines Estates. Evacuation Warning: Outingdale Community.
Evacuation Centers: Ponderosa High School, 3661 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs
Cooperating Agencies: Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Fire, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, El Dorado County Sheriffs, Amador Sheriffs, Cal /Trans, Red Cross, PG&E, USFS, BLM, Office of Emergency Services, El Dorado County Department of Transportation, El Dorado County Animal Control
Additional Information: Fire information for the public can be obtained at 530-647-5218. The public is strongly urged to use extra caution and to drive slowly on Highway 49. This is due to the large amount of fire equipment that is traversing highway 49. For information on how to be fire safe at your home visit

Sand Fire Update

The Sand fire has burned approximately 1300 acres. There have been three structures destroyed. Between two hundred to two hundred and fifty people have been evacuated. Those evacuated have been a mixture of voluntary and mandatory evacuee’s. At this point,there has been one reported minor injury to a firefighter. Over 500 Firefighters are currently assigned to the Sand incident. Air resources included six Cal Fire air tankers and the DC 10. Cal Fire and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office are being assisted by multiple federal, state and local agencies. Sandridge Road is going to remain closed and will be reassessed at noon tomorrow. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect on the south side of Sandridge Road from Highway 49 to Morning Canyon Road at the intersection of Ladies Valley Road. The Red Cross shelter is up and running for evacuee’s and animals at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. There will be an updated joint press release tomorrow.

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Sand Fire

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is actively assisting Firefighters for a fire in the area of Sandridge Road and Freshwater Lane. At the time of this press release, the fire was estimated to be between 200 and 300 acres and spreading fast. The reverse 911 system is being utilized. Sheriff’s Deputies have started mandatory evacuations in the area of Freshwater Lane. Evacuee’s are being directed to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. More to Follow.