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King Fire Update September 20 AM

Incident: King Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/20/2014


September 20, 2014 8:00 AM

Fire Information Line: (530) 647-5218

County: El Dorado and Placer
Fire Start: 9/13/14

Current Acreage Burned: 80,944
Percent Containment: 10%

Expected Containment Date: TBD
Injuries: 4

Structures Damaged or Destroyed: Assessment in progress

Structures Threatened: 21,000 (12,000 residences)
Total Personnel Assigned:

People Evacuated: 2,819

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. The fire has crossed into Placer County and is approaching the Tahoe National Forest boundary. The fire burned actively throughout the night and a spot fire on the north end of the fire by French Meadows Reservoir has grown to about 500 acres.

To improve operational efficiencies and to reduce travel time for the fire crews to reach their assignments, the management of the fire has split into two zones. CalFire IMT 5 (Kevin Smith) has taken over management of the southern zone of the fire this morning. The current team CIIMT 5 (Jim Giachino) will be coordinating firefighting operations on the north portion of the fire from a new camp location in the Foresthill area. A Damage Assessment Team is working in the White Meadows area to assess the extent of damage to structures and they are expected to complete their assessment late today. The King Fire is being managed in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, Eldorado National Forest, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Evacuations: Go to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog ( and web page at 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.

Road Closures: 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 Sheriffs, and El Dorado County Animal Services.

Unit Information

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

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