A wildfire that began Thursday in southern El Dorado County was reported fully contained this afternoon after burning 23.8 acres.
Emergency crews will remain on the scene in the Logtown area and continue to strengthen containment lines and put out hot spots in the burn area throughout the day, according to a news release from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Amador-El Dorado Unit. Firefighting crews will check on the area throughout the weekend.
The fire in the area of Sandridge and Balmaceda roads was reported at 3:54 p.m. Thursday, and within minutes a large smoke column was visible from the Placerville area. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department contacted residents regarding voluntary evacuation of the Balmaceda Road area. The California Highway Patrol closed Sandridge Road between Highway 49 and Tripp Road to allow emergency equipment to get into the area. The road was reopened about four hours later.
Two homes were threatened but sustained no damage. One outbuilding was reported damaged.
Involved in protecting homes from the fast-moving wildfire were Cal Fire, El Dorado County Fire, El Dorado Hills Fire, Diamond Springs-El Doardo Fire, Rescue Fire, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire, Ione Fire and the Amador Fire Protection District.