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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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A Type 5 organization is managing the Fork Fire. Fire activity continues in the Rubicon drainage with minimal smoldering, but with no measurable change in acres or containment. Full containment is not expected until there is significant precipitation.

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 CommanderLani Brown
Coordinates38.99 latitude, -120.394 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel5
Size1,670 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateSunday November 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
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



24 hours: Mostly sunny, with northeast winds up to 14.

48 hours: Mostly sunny.

72 hours: Mostly sunny.

Anticipated after 72 hours: EXTENDED...

.SATURDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows 32 to 42. East winds up to

13 mph.

.SUNDAY...Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain showers.

Highs 53 to 63. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph.

.SUNDAY NIGHT...Colder. Mostly clear. Lows 23 to 33. Northeast

winds 18 to 28 mph.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

905 AM PDT Sat Oct 24 2020

Seasonal weather is expected through today with a very strong

cold front forecast to move through the region tonight into

Sunday. An extremely critical fire weather event is expected

Sunday afternoon through Tuesday, especially for the western

slopes of the Sierra with strong gusty northeast winds and very

low humidity.