Fire near Georgetown Prompts Evacuations

EL DORADO COUNTY -- A fire in El Dorado County near the edge of Placer County led to an evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office says the 90-acre Sliger Fire is burning near Sliger Mine Road and Mimosa Lane. It was 40 percent contained by Wednesday night.

Tackling an opponent like the Sliger Fire put crews from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service and several local departments on dozens of El Dorado County's tiny, winding roads.

"This fire was burning in a very steep river drainage," said Brice Bennett with Cal Fire. "We were concerned the fire was actually going to spot across the river onto the Placer County side. So we actually had a response ready in case that did occur while the firefight was going on on the El Dorado side."

Throughout Tuesday the fire did not cross into Placer County.

What did happen was diligent, deliberate work that four hours into the fight had protected vineyards and kept any homes from destruction.

Two hundred homes tagged for evacuation in El Dorado County had orders lifted by around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Placer County, still untouched by the Sliger Fire, left its evacuation orders in place overnight. Advisory evacuation orders are for homes in the following areas:

McKeon Ponderosa Way and all roads west of it
Moshiron Drive
Shady Oak Drive
Quarry Turn Road
Pine Crest Drive
Gas Canyon Court
Placer County line to Foresthill Road

Conny Manzer was at work in Rocklin when she got a text alert about the emergency.

"Tried to head home just as soon as I could, of course, with every horrible thought going through your mind because we have four indoor cats, two German shepherds indoors. Then we have goats and a donkey outside and chickens," said Conny Manzer after she evacuated.

Being forced to evacuate his home on Sliger Mine Road near where the blaze started was a very different experience for one former Cal Fire firefighter. Ryan Ramirez was used to being able to confront the flames himself. A kidney condition took him off the front lines.

"Came up here to get my animals and at least get some things to get evacuated but they're not letting anybody through so," Ramirez said.

The inside knowledge of just how skilled his former colleagues really are gave him comfort.

"They'll do a good job and, hopefully, within a couple hours they'll let us go through," Ramirez said.

The Auburn Recreation District Regional Park gym has been set up as an evacuation shelter. Evacuation centers have been set up at Northside School at 8600 Cave Valley Road in Cool and at Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall on 24601 Harrison Street.

Animals can be taken to the El Dorado County Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs and at the Animal Services Center in North Auburn.

It was not immediately how the fire started.