According to Cal Fire, the Sand Fire which began yesterday July 25, 2014 at 1634 hours in the afternoon has already burned as much as 3,000 acres. The burn rate at just a bit more than 24 hours is rather large since the fire is listed as only 20% contained and having already burned five homes and seven outbuildings.
The Sand Fire is located just north of Plymouth, Ca. in Amador County close to Highway 49 and close to the border with El Dorado County. Sand Road is closed due to the fire, with 515 homes threatened and evacuations currently listed by Cal Fire as:
Sand Ridge Road, Fresh Water, Burlwood, Morales Ranch Road, Vintage Trail, Upton Road, Twin Rivers Road New Evacuations in progress; Vintage Road to Sandridge Road, Buzzards Gulch Road and all of Buzzards Gulch Road. Riverpine Estates. Vintage Road to Morning Canyon Road
Six air tankers, six helicopters, twenty-two water tenders, sixteen dozers, and one hundred forty-nine fire engines are on the fire lines along with forty five fire crews and a total of 1,464 fire personnel fighting the fire. The weather is not enormously helpful so far with high temperatures and humidity in the 10% range. Winds are moderate at 7-8 mph today and forecast to rise slightly tomorrow along with the temperature which may reach 98 degrees.
In addition to the Sand Fire, My Mother Lode is reporting a fire in Yosemite National Park's El Portal Canyon near the town of Foresta, which is under mandatory evacuation orders. While the fire is near El Portal, the fire is burning away from that area towards Foresta. The cause of the fire in Yosemite is unknown at this time, however, there have been twenty one lightning caused fires in Yosemite National Park since July 14th.
The current fire in the Foresta region follows a fire in August 2009 which burned 7,425 acres as reported by Cal Fire's website.