Dangerous Georgetown fire contained quickly - one home burned.
GEORGETOWN, Calif. (Placerville Newswire) —A wildlife that destroyed one home, forced the evacuation of about 100 people, and burned 38 acres in the foothill community of Georgetown was fully contained on Sunday, according to fire officials.
The Empire Fire broke out a little before 3 p.m. on the western side of the El Dorado County town. About 100 homes were evacuated, as helicopters and crews from out of the area assisted with the fire. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office had mandatory evacuations of 80 structures, with another 224 voluntary evacuations. Mizuhara noted the evacuations went smoothly.
Cal Fire officials announced the wildfire was fully contained around 11:45 p.m., adding that the blaze burned 38 acres. The fire was named the Empire fire because it was located off of Empire Creek Circle and Marshall Road, near where Highway 193 meets Main Street.
“It was much like Union Fire, we were lucky nothing else happened. We hit with everything that we had to get the fire out,” Cal Fire PIO Mizuhara said.
“EDSO used reverse 911 to tell residents to evac and when to come back in. For a time, Lower Main and Greenwood were closed due to the downed power lines, but PG&E came and got the power back up,” Mizuhara said.
Initial reports were that the fire was caused by downed power lines. Fire officials have not officially determined the cause of the wildfire. Resources from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Georgetown Fire, Garden Valley Fire, El Dorado County Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, Rescue Fire and Sacramento Metro Fire were used, with EDSO and CHP assisting.
Danielle Craig reported that one young girl and her kids living in a duplex across the street from the home that burned had to escape their duplex as she said felt really hot and all she could do is leave as fast as she could. She said it happened so fast, no time. She said it was coming up the mountain and it just spread before her eyes, it was to late for her to think twice. Then another guy said his friends house was the other house burned. His friend was staying at his house in Georgetown for safety while his house burned down before his eyes.
Community support was expressed by Carlee Jayne Huffman
"Our friend down the road lost his house and now him and his doggy are without their home I want to try to get a fundraiser going to help him out! He needs new clothes, EVERYTHING! Doggy food and stuff. If anyone can help or you have ideas for a fundraiser, let me know!! We love our neighbors and want to help him out!! I think the dog is staying with a friend for now but food is probably appreciated to help out. Drop off locations are now being started. BlackSheep in Georgetown."
Amber Harmon added, "His dogs name is Hitch and he is, guessing, around 40 pounds."
Several other dogs were lost during the fire including one that was hit by a car in rush of evacuation. The young pit bull terrier that was hit came from the area of the fire before he was hit and is at the Mother Lode Pet Energency In Shingle Springs animal hospital now. The owner is still unknown but may be an area resident that is currently out camping.
Great set of Photos of the fire and burned home, click here: http://lasko.smugmug.com/Empire-Fire-Georgetown-CA
Of six wildfires burned across the region this weekend, four of the fires were still burning Sunday evening, but firefighters were able to fully contain the Empire fire, burning near Georgetown, and the Hough complex fire near Taylorsville in Plumas County on Sunday.
The Hough complex fire burned 513 acres before it was contained Sunday.
The American fire, northeast of Foresthill in Placer County, burned 24,135 acres and was 78 percent contained Sunday afternoon.
The Orleans complex fire, six miles southeast of Somes Bar in Siskiyou County, burned 20,770 acres and was 39 percent contained Sunday.
The Salmon River complex, one mile west of Sawyers Bar, also in Siskiyou County, reached 14,547 acres and was 95 percent contained Sunday afternoon.