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Matthew Hedger
07/30/2014 12:01 PM
A helicopter flies in a utility pole as workers attempt to restore power to areas burned during the Sand Fire. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch by Michael Hanson.

As of 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, CALFIRE says the Sand Fire has consumed 4,240 acres and is 90 percent contained, with full containment expected Aug. 2. Nineteen residences and 47 outbuildings have been burned. All evacuation orders have been lifted, including Painted Pony Rd. The Red Cross evacuation shelter located at the Ponderosa High School has been closed.

Residents returning to the area may be required to show identification and proof of residency. CAL FIRE encourages residents returning to the area to drive safely and watch for fire equipment and firefighter activity within those affected areas. 1,311 fire personnel in 46 fire crews remain on scene, using 78 engines, 26 water tenders and seven dozers. Officials say the acreage increased due to precise GPS mapping of the fire. Fire crews continue to strengthen the established containment lines. Patrol and mop-up of the fire will continue for several days. Rugged terrain and hot, dry weather conditions in addition to hazards associated with mines within the fire area continue to be a challenge for firefighters. Damage assessment is ongoing. Excess resources are continuing to be released and or reassigned to other incidents.

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