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Signal Service Inc. to start annual fire code seminar

Signal Service Inc., an Amador-county based alarm and security company, hosted a seminar on Oct. 10 with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department on fire codes. The workshop was so well-received, the company has committed to holding the event annually. “Fire code is constantly changing,” said Signal’s Erin Wilson, who coordinated the event. The one-day […]

Comments Off / October 23, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

King Fire nearly contained, thousands of personnel sent home

Sac Metro firefighters Jeff Gibbon, left, and Doug Shehan from Station 355 hose down a burning stump northeast of Mosquito Road last week. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Recent rains helped slow the King Fire’s growth, allowing firefighters to get a better handle on the blaze that as of Monday morning has burned 97,099 acres, 12 homes and 68 other structures. Fire officials have changed some mandatory evacuation orders to voluntary and more than 3,000 firefighters have been sent home; nearly 4,224 firefighters remain […]

Comments Off / September 29, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

King Fire continues to burn

Idaho City Hot Shot Brian Brennan communicates with a ground crew from a lookout at the Pacific Ranger Station helispot in the Eldorado National Forest last week. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

As of Sept. 22, the U.S. Forest Service reported the King Fire had burned 87,592 acres with 18 percent containment. The fire began on Sept. 13 at about 6:37 p.m. near King of the Mountain Road in Pollock Pines as a result of alleged arson. Quickly growing and doubling overnight twice, the fire has been contained […]

Comments Off / September 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

King Fire nearly 71,000 acres: Arson arrest made; Swansboro evacuated

The King Fire exploded to 70,944 acres between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And although there had been no official connection, a man was arrested on a single charge of arson of forest land Wednesday night. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was booked into the Placerville jail Wednesday night on a charge of arson of a […]

Comments Off / September 18, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

King Fire continues to grow

The King Fire's thick smoke cloud dwarfs downtown Placerville.

Update: The acreage burned by the King Fire has climbed to 18,544 acres as of Wednesday morning. It remains at 5 percent containment. Two injuries have been reported, and 2,448 structures (1,632 residences) have been threatened, according to an Inciweb update. The California Highway Patrol Facebook originally stated the fire had crossed over Highway 50 near […]

Comments Off / September 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

State Supreme Court denies Nutting appeal

The Supreme Court of California has denied the petition for review and application for the stay filed on behalf of former Supervisor Ray Nutting, who was removed from office earlier this year. Superior Court Judge Timothy Buckley declared the El Dorado County District 2 supervisor’s seat vacant on June 6 after a trial jury found Nutting guilty of […]

1 Comment / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fires scorch 7.5 acres

AN AERIAL TANKER drops retardant on a wild land fire near Mormon Island in El Dorado Hills Friday.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Fire crews jumped into action after two fires started in El Dorado Hills Friday afternoon. The first fire began around 2 p.m. on the south side of Green Valley Road, west of Mormon Island Drive, according to El Dorado County Fire Acting Battalion Chief Russ Hasemeier. It was contained to 5.4 acres of wildland. That fire spawned a […]

Comments Off / August 25, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »