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After forcing evacuations, Grant Fire near Sloughhouse nearing containment, Cal Fire says

Sacramento Bee logoSacramento Bee 6/14/2020 By Vincent Moleski, The Sacramento Bee

The Grant Fire, fueled by fast-moving winds for days in rural east Sacramento County, was nearing containment Sunday morning as firefighters continue to work to put out hotspots in the burn zone.

The grass fire is now 80 percent contained, but is still over 5,000 acres wide. Full containment is expected on Monday, according to a morning update from Cal Fire’s Amador-El Dorado Unit.

“Fire crews continue to work to put out slow burning manure piles and smokes near scattered oak tree groves within the interior of the burn area,” Cal Fire said.

Saturday’s work was mixed for firefighters on the scene. After initially setting the expected containment date for that evening, Cal Fire pushed it back despite making significant strides toward containment.

The fire started on Friday in a remote area near the intersection of Grant Line Road and Kiefer Boulevard near Sloughhouse around 11:45 a.m.

The Grant Fire quickly prompted evacuations and road closures – which were later lifted – as it swelled from 150 acres to 5,042 acres. Residents were ordered from their homes near Glory Lane and the The Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area was closed.

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Although the fire destroyed one outbuilding, the damages could have been much worse. The blaze was pushed toward 12 buildings on Brigt Skjerpe’s Barton Ranch on Scott Road, but was fended off by a team of firefighters who set small backfires to stop its momentum.

Cal Fire Capt. Mark Abeloe also rescued a deer fawn and a calf. While the calf was returned to its herd, the fawn, dubbed Ashley by Cal Fire, was placed under observation due to smoke inhalation and was being fed via bottle as of Saturday.

The fire still poses a threat to structures in the area, according to Cal Fire, but the risk has been mitigated.

Smoke from the fire was seen throughout the Sacramento area, and into Placer and El Dorado counties.

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