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King Fire Update September 21 PM

Incident: King Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/22/2014

September 22, 2014 8:00 PM
Fire Information Line: 530-647-5218
Media Information Line: 530-708-2724

Current Acreage Burned: 82,018
Percent Containment: 17%
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: Information below
Structures Threatened: 21,000 (12,000 residences)
Cause: Arson
People Evacuated: 2,819
Total Personnel Assigned: 5,557

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 has burned onto the Tahoe National Forest. This evening’s anticipated spread is expected to be minimal. The higher humidity will moderate the fire behavior.

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. CAL FIRE IMT 5 (Kevin Smith) took over management of Zone 2 (southern portion) of the fire. Federal Team CIIMT 5 (Jim Giachino) will be coordinating firefighting operations of Zone 1 (north portion) of the fire from a new camp location in the Foresthill area. The continued damage assessment of the White Meadows area indicates that 10 residences and 22 other type structures were destroyed. 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 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 and 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Saturday -­‐ Sunday. Voicemail is available outside of the hotline hours. Information will also be updated via the County's Twitter @CountyElDorado and Facebook. Law Enforcement from several agencies continue to patrol the evacuated areas.

Evacuation Shelter Location: The evacuation shelter is located at the Camino Seventh-­‐day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino. No Community Meetings scheduled for today.

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 and Wentworth Springs Road at Chiquita Bypass.

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.

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

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