El Dorado County fire likely sparked by drought

Apr 17, 2015 10:36 AM by News Staff

EL DORADO, Calif. (AP) - Drought conditions may have led to a remote Northern California fire that burned more than a dozen acres.

The Sacramento Bee reports Friday that no one was injured in the Thursday afternoon fire in El Dorado County, near Sacramento.

No structures were damaged.

California is in its fourth year of drought and dry conditions could lead to the worst fire season on record.

Some rural homeowners in the county are using rented goats to help out. Each goat can eat up to 10 pounds of vegetation daily, which helps reduce fire hazards.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Brice Bennett said Thursday's fire started along Highway 49 near Sand Ridge Road, about a mile from the area burned by last year's massive Sand Fire.

He said the area contained dense brush and was tough to access.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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