Sacto 9-1-1
August 4, 2013
Firefighters fighting three fires in Eldorado National Forest

Firefighters were kept busy Sunday battling three fires in the Eldorado National Forest.

The Kentucky fire started at 11:45 a.m. Sunday off Blacksmith Flat Road. Five engines, one helicopter and one hand crew or roughly 40-plus firefighters have been working on the blaze, which had consumed two acres by mid-day Sunday.

"It is zero percent contained, but they were able to get a hose lane around half the fire," said Laura Hierholzer, fire information officer for the Eldorado National Forest.
"They are able to get water out to half the fire, so it's not progressing."

Not too far away, also in the northwest portion of the forest, 50 firefighters were able to contain 95 percent of the Volcano fire. That fire, which started at 3:15 p.m. Saturday off the Volcanoville Road, consumed 11 acres. Crews are eliminating hots spots.

A number of residents, who voluntarily evacuated Saturday near the Volcano fire, have returned to their homes, Hierholzer said.

Although the exact distance between the Kentucky and the Volcano fires was not given Sunday, Hierholzer said it was unlikely that the two blazes would merge.

"It's going to continue to look good," she said.

The Baltic fire started at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, south of Ferrari Mill Road and Pollock Pines. The fire, which consumed 15 acres, is 80 percent contained.

Hierholzer said that both the Volcano and the Baltic fires are expected to be fully contained Sunday afternoon. Firefighters also hope to have the Kentucky fire contained Sunday night.

The causes of all three fires are still under investigation.

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