King Fire Update September 19 AM
Incident: King Fire Wildfire
KING FIRE UPDATE
September 19, 2014 8:00 AM
Fire Information Line: (530) 647-5218
County: El Dorado
Fire Start: 9/13/14
Current Acreage Burned: 76,376
Percent Containment: 10%
Expected Containment Date: TBD
Structures Threatened: 21,000 (12,000 residences)
Structures Destroyed: Unknown
People Evacuated: 2,819
Total Personnel Assigned: 4,425
Current Situation: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon, Silver Creek Canyon, and the Rubicon canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. Last night the fire backed down into the canyons with the evening down slope winds. With the warmer and drier weather today, the fire is expected to be more active with spot fires up to half-mile ahead of the fire in the afternoon. The winds today are predicted to come from the east, which is a concern as it could result in increasing fire behavior on the western front. The fire crossed into Placer County and is approaching the Tahoe National Forest boundary. California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, Eldorado National Forest, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Evacuations: To obtain the most current and accurate evacuation status and information go directly to the
El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog (pio.edso.org) and web page at: www.edcgov.us/Government/El_Dorado_County_King_Fire_Information.aspx. The Sheriff’s office manages all evacuation activities for the county and is updating information as changes occur. To assist in this effort, the Chief Administrative Office of El Dorado County has set up a hotline and webpage.
· The hotline phone number is (530) 642-7263. The hotline will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday. Voicemail is available outside of the hotline hours. Information will also be updated via the County's Twitter @CountyElDorado and Facebook.
Evacuation Shelter Location: The evacuation shelter is located at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino.
Special Announcements: Public Meeting – Public meetings were held last night in Foresthill and in Camino.
Road Closures: Highway 50 is open at this time but expect delays.
The King Fire Area is closed to provide for public safety. Granite Springs, Ice House Road (east side), Pickett Pen Road, Rubicon Trail, Windmiller Trail, Wrights Lake Road, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness, north of the Highway 50 corridor, Ice House Reservoir, Loon Lake, Rockbound Lake, Rubicon Reservoir. White Meadows at Ice House Road, Rock Creek at 193, Mosquito Road at Union Ridge Road, Highway 50 (Sly Park to Union Ridge), Forebay at Deep Haven and Forebay at Blair is open to residents only, Canyon Edge at Randolph Canyon (hard closure by CHP), Ice House Road from Highway 50 to Wentworth Springs Road and Wentworth Springs Road from Quintette to Ice House Road.
Cooperating Agencies: CHP, Red Cross, Cal OES, El Dorado Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sierra Pacific Industries, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, PG&E, Placer County Water Agency, Placer County OES, and El Dorado County Animal Services.