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Fork Fire

Unit Information

Eldorado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667
Placerville, CA 95667

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Fork Fire Information
Phone: 916-500-4712
Hours: 8AM-430PM

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The next formal update for the Fork Fire will be on Monday September 28th, unless conditions on the fire change substantially during the weekend.

The Fork Fire started in the Crystal Basin near Gerle Creek under critical fire weather conditions. Driven by east winds gusting 30-50 miles per hour, the fire grew rapidly to the west. It is burning in the Rubicon River drainage and the 2014 King Fire burn scar. The Rubicon canyon is in an extremely steep and remote area which makes firefighting difficult. This area of the King Fire had burned at high severity with nearly 100% tree mortality, leaving large snag patches of fire killed trees. The standing snags are a significant safety hazard, especially in strong winds. There is also a high concentration of dead and down trees creating a heavy fuel load, as well as dense post-fire regrowth of 4-6 foot tall brush.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday September 08th, 2020 approx. 11:15 AM
LocationCrystal Basin/Gerle Creek, 15 Miles NE of Pollock Pines
Incident CommanderMatt Brown
Coordinates38.99 latitude, -120.394 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel148
Size1,667 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Fuels Involved

Fire is burning in King Fire scar, where fuels consist of heavy concentrations of standing snags and 4-6 foot brush.

Significant Events

Minimal creeping, backing and smoldering observed.


Planned Actions

Establish direct control lines where possible, utilizing indirect control line where direct control line is not feasible. Hold and monitor existing lines along current perimeter. Provide structure defense to

residential structures in the threatened communities. Protect critical utility infrastructure and values at


Projected Incident Activity

Mostly clear with max temperatures in the low 80s. Minimum humidity of 18-22%. 20 Foot winds out of east/downslope winds of 3-5 becoming west/upslope 5-8 mph in the afternoon. A Red Flag warning goes into effect that evening.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry conditions will develop Saturday and Sunday and will persist into early next week. East/downslope winds are expected, especially during the overnight and morning hours Saturday night into Monday, with critical fire weather conditions possible.