Crews increase containment on Sand Fire

Jul 28, 2014 10:28 AM by News Staff

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials are optimistic they may soon have the upper hand on a wildfire burning near vineyards in Northern California that has led to evacuation orders for more about 1,200 people.

After growing rapidly since it began on Friday, crews were able to hold the Sand Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento to a little under 6 square miles overnight. Containment, meanwhile, increased 15 percent, to 65 percent.

The fire has destroyed 13 homes and 38 other structures, as it burns in rugged grassland and timber near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties. About 450 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.

State fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean says fire crews are still wary, however, with another day of possible triple digit temperatures expected.

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