Sacto 9-1-1
August 3, 2013
UPDATE: Firefighters battle two Eldorado National Forest fires

Firefighters are working to contain two separate wildfires in the Eldorado National Forest.

The Baltic fire started about 7:15 a.m. today, burning 15 acres just south of Ferrari Mill Road, south of Pollock Pines. As of Saturday night, the fire was 75 percent contained. The area is undeveloped and doesn't contain any structures, according to Frank Mosbacher of the U.S. Forest Service.

Some of the fire crews moved over to the Volcano fire when it was reported shortly after 3:15 p.m. northeast of Georgetown. About 4 acres are burning off Volcanoville Road. As of Saturday night, the fire was 50 percent contained.

Helicopters, air tankers, engines and water tenders responded to the Volcano fire, which for a time threatened residential homes in the area. Mosbacher said residents who voluntarily left their homes returned by 8 p.m. A crew of 40 people are continuing to work on the fire.

Mosbacher warned that the site, with its dense trees and steep canyons, is prone to wildfires.

"Someday there will be a major fire in that area," Mosbacher said. "Luckily today wasn't that day."

The causes for both wildfires are under investigation.

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