By Andy Furillo
A fire started this afternoon near southern Georgetown in El Dorado County spread to 45 acres and burned two rural structures, forcing the evacuation of more than 80 homes, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported.
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said one of the structures was destroyed as the blaze spread into a rural subdivision near the perimeter of the community.
About 6 p.m. the blaze was about 35 percent contained, he said. Three helicopters were deployed to drop water over the area. Earlier, air tankers were also used in the fight.
"We're making very good progress," Berlant said. He said firefighters from Georgetown area along with mutual aid from firefighters in the El Dorado County area were providing mutual aid.
Berlant said that even though Cal Fire has distributed resources to all the major fires around the state, "We still are staffing all of our local stations with additional resources. This type of fire activity is exactly why we are making sure the stations are still staffed."
Early reports showed the blaze was quick to grow in the first hour, spreading across 10 acres as it moved toward the subdivision.
"There's a pretty good smoke column coming from (the direction of) Auburn," Berlant said at the start of the fire.