Sacto 9-1-1
December 1, 2011
Wind-driven fires reported in El Dorado, other foothill counties

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been busy today fighting wind-driven fires throughout the foothills.

As of 5 p.m., Cal Fire reported that seven fires had burned more than 130 acres in El Dorado County.

Cal Fire spokesman Dainel Berlant said the largest of the seven had burned 80 acres in a remote section of El Dorado County, off Sciaroni Road in the Grizzly Flat area.

The Groovy Fire, off Highway 50 at Plum Creek Road, had burned 44 acres and was 60 percent contained. Another fire off Stinson Road in the Omo Ranch area, also in southern El Dorado County, burned 5 acres and threatened structures for a time but was reported 90 percent contained.

Other fires in El Dorado County include the Creek Fire, off Park Creek Road and old Carson Road in Pollock Pines; the Onyx Fire, in the Sly Park and Onyx Road area; the Grizzly Fire, a spot fire at Grizzly Flat and Sweeney roads; and the Bookdock Fire, near Slug Gulch in the Fairplay area.

Five fires had burned a total of more than 250 acres in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties as of 5 p.m. The Mountain Fire off Bald Mountain Road near the town of Columbia is threatening structures.

In Calaveras County, near Blue Mountain Lookout Road, fire had burned 100 acres of timber southeast of West Point. Another fire 10 miles east of West Point also had burned 100 acres and was threatening industrial timberland, according to Cal Fire's website.

In Nevada County, the Chalk Fire, off Chalk Bluff Road, 10 miles east of Nevada City, burned about 20 acres but is now fully contained.

Berlant said Cal Fire's move earlier this week to increase staffing due to high-wind forecasts and increased fire danger has enabled crews to respond quickly to the fires.

In addition to the fires, one of the agency's fire stations in Tuolumne County was damaged when a tree was knocked down and hit the station. Berlant said no one was injured.

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