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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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A Type 5 organization is managing the Fork Fire. The Fork Fire is 1673 Acres with 100% containment. Fire activity has been minimal, however windblown needle cast over the completed fire lines and strong winds resulted in a 2.6-acre slop over on 10/27 which was contained at 97 acres.

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 CommanderRob Scott
Coordinates38.99 latitude, -120.394 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel21
Size1,673 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
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





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 risk.

Projected Incident Activity

Predicting mild interior hot spots due to needle cast

24 hours: Predicting mild interior hot spots due to needle cast

48 hours: interior creeping is biggest concern and fire will be monitored by resources as well as with the Bunker Hill camera.


Due to wind event on 10/26 the fire burned 2.6 additional acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure will persist over eastern California through most

of this upcoming week with continued poor overnight humidity recovery

for mid slopes and ridges. Winds will remain generally light with

no rain or snow expected. Local breezy north to east winds for

north Sacramento Valley and foothill locations will produce

elevated fire weather concerns. A low pressure system could bring

gusty southwest winds and raise fire weather concerns by the end

of the week, along with chances for precipitation.