Multiple wildfires force evacuations in California

Blog Post created by cathyprudhomme Employee on Jul 28, 2014

California Fires - July 2014
Sand Fire Photo Credit:  Sky10/News10, Sacramento, CA 

Sand Fire:  A vehicle driving over dry brush started the Sand Fire July 25, in Armador and El Dorado counties near the Sierra Nevada foothills, close to vineyards east of Sacramento, CA. The fire has destroyed13 homes and covers an area of about 6 square miles and is about 65 percent contained.

El Portal Fire:  More than 1,200 people have been evacuated at some point since the fire began on Saturday, July 26 with more than 500 homes under current evacuation orders. Close to 2,000 firefighters have been battling this blaze that is under investigation.

In an area that includes both Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest, the El Portal fire is threatening the communities of Foresta and Old El Portal along with three campgrounds.  The blaze is burning south of last year's Rim fire, which covered more than 250,000 acres in and around Yosemite.

Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze with personnel from the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire. One structure has been lost with only 5% containment. The fire is threatening the Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias within the National Park.

Dark Hole Fire: Another fire 4.5 miles north of Yosemite Valley called the Dark Hole Fire started following a lightning storm on July 16 and is about a mile south of Yosemite Creek campground.  This fire has grown to about 600 acres and is spreading to the east and north.