Highway 50 fire singes EDH neighborhood

The 50 Fire started next to eastbound Highway 50 in Folsom and traveled over the southern ridge. The fire was contained without harming homes in the Stonebriar neighborhood of El Dorado Hills. Photo by Roberta Long

Firefighters attacked a fast-spreading grass fire south of Highway 50 at the Folsom-El Dorado County line  Friday afternoon, knocking down the flames that scorched 163 acres in a matter of hours.

Friday was another in a series of hot, dry days with light E-NE winds. The temperature was 95 degrees when the fire was reported at 2:12 p.m.

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department, Cal Fire, Folsom Fire Department and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded with equipment and personnel. Aerial support picked up water from a pond south of the fire. Planes dropped rounds of fire retardant. “A total of 14 engines companies, four water tenders, two helicopters, two air tankers, one paramedic ambulance and four chief officers were dispatched to the scene,” states a press release issued by the Folsom Fire Department.

“Firefighters from Folsom Fire Station 38 arrived approximately nine minutes after receiving the first 9-1-1 call. Upon their arrival firefighters located two separate fires burning in the grass along the hillside adjacent to U.S. Highway 50, east of Scott Road,” the release continues. “The two fires were estimated to be approximately 10 acres in total size at the time and were burning at a moderate rate of spread towards the east.”

Flames and smoke quickly traveled uphill over a ridge leading to White Rock Road, and at one point a thin line of flames could be seen running close to Highway 50 from the start of the fire in Folsom to the edge of El Dorado Hills Stonebriar neighborhood. Firefighters followed the trail with water hoses, dousing the flames until all that could be seen was charred ground and smoke wisps.

The last update on what Cal Fire called the 50 Fire came at 5:15 p.m., when it was declared 100 percent contained.

Cal Fire Public Information Officer and Fire Prevention Specialist Teri Mizuhara said the source of the fire was a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 50. The source point was east of the intersection of East Bidwell Street/Scott Road and Highway 50, not far from the crest of the hill. The fire burned 163.2 acres. Of the total, 95.3 acres was in a State Responsibility Area and 67.9 was in Folsom in a Local Responsibility Area.

“Firefighters were successful in preventing damage to several radio towers located in the Carpenter Hill area of Folsom by the fire,” according to the press release. “The wildfire damaged four properties, principally fences and outside equipment, but was stopped by firefighters before it spread to nearby homes.”

No injuries were reported. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours, mopping up and ensuring no flare ups.

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