The Press Telegram reports that firefighters put out a small fire near the Nature Center on the evening of August 19. [article]
Hot embers from an unknown source ignited the compost bin, although arson hasn't been ruled out.
However, damage to property appears to have been minimal, and none of the animals in the building were harmed.
Although brush fires were a historically common event in southern California, and most plants and animals are very well adapted to it, the small size of El Dorado park means that wildlife are very vulernable to fires here. A large enough blaze could wipe out an entire population