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Fire in El Dorado County Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuations

Updated 6:00 p.m. - Fire 100 percent contained

CalFire has reported that the fire has been fully-contianed, and that 116 acres were burned in the incident.

Updated: 4:35 p.m. - Highway 49 closed temporarily
Caltrans District 3 reports tweeted that Highway 49 in the town of El Dorado was closed between Commerce Way and Fori Road due to the fire, but the closure was lifted after a short while.

People are still advised to avoid the area.

Caltrans District 3 @D3PIO
UPDATE: Highway 49 is open in El Dorado fire. Some side streets have been closed. Avoid the area if possible.

Caltrans District 3 @D3PIO
Highway 49 in the town of El Dorado has been closed between Commerce Way and Fori Road due to the fire. Detour in place. No ETO

Updated: 4:15 p.m. - Fire grows to 100 acres, 40 percent contained

The Lake Oak Mobile Home Park has been put under voluntary evacuation, as the Union Fire has grown to 100 acres. Cal Fire is reporting the blaze is 40 percent contained, and that one house has been destroyed.
From CalFire:
Union Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: August 16, 2013 3:35 pm  
Date/Time Started: August 16, 2013 4:03 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit 
County: El Dorado  
Location: off Koki Ln and Pleasant Valley Rd, northwest of Diamond Springs  
Acres Burned - Containment: 100 acres - 40% contained  
Structures Destroyed: 1 residence, mulitple outbuildings  
Evacuations: Lake Oak Mobile Home Park ( voluntary)  
Conditions: Evacuation center at Diamond Springs Hall 
Animal Services assistance at 530-621-7321  
Updated: 3:38 p.m. - One home and several outbuildings burned 
A 50-acre fire destroyed one home and several outbuildings near Union Mine High School in Eldorado County this afternoon.  Cal Fire says it does not have a cause for the fire, but that a mix of pine trees and dry grasslands allowed it move quickly.

The Eldorado County Sheriff’s Department issued an advisory evacuation notice for the Lake Hills Mobile Home Park.  Evacuees are to go to the Diamond Springs Hall in Diamond Springs.

Updated: 3:17 p.m. - From the Cal Fire Facebook page:

Firefighters are battling a 10 acre fire off Koki Ln and Pleasant Valley Rd, near the community of El Dorado (El Dorado County). ‪#‎UnionFire‬

Lucy Reynolds It went from Union Mine High school to Patterson Rd. area. It's roughly 45-50 acres. They have a handle on it and they've sent the air tankers back to Grass Valley. Two helicopters and a multitude of engines and firefighters still on it. At least a couple structures burned and one they can't get to because of downed power lines. Evacuation orders changed to "voluntary" for people in the Lake??? Mobile Home Park.

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