Sacto 9-1-1
August 4, 2013
Update: Firefighters busy battling blazes throughout region

By Tillie Fong and Tony Bizjak

Firefighters were kept busy Sunday battling three fires in the Eldorado National Forest, and one in south Sacramento County near Highway 99.

A grass fire burned 20 acres off Highway 99 near Martin Luther King Boulevard Sunday afternoon before firefighters put it out at about 5:30 p.m., Sac Fire reported.

Fire crews were putting out hotspots Sunday evening at the two-acre Kentucky Fire off Blacksmith Flat Road near the middle fork of the American River in Eldorado National Forest. Five engines, one helicopter and one hand crew or roughly 40-plus firefighters have been working on the blaze. Officials said they expect full containment sometime Monday.

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, had returned to their homes by Sunday, said Laura Hierholzer, fire information officer for the Eldorado National Forest.

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

The causes of the fires are still under investigation.

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