King Fire Update September 28 AM
Incident: King Fire Wildfire
County: El Dorado and Placer
Fire Start: 9/13/14
Current Acreage Burned: 97,099
Percent Containment: 87%
Structures Destroyed: 80 (12 residences, 68 other type)
Total Personnel Assigned: 4,878
Current Situation Zone 1 (north portion): Fire suppression crews continue to mop up smoldering heavy fuels that are well within the fire perimeter while patrolling along the control lines in Zone 1. As the suppression repair phase continues, the demobilization process continues facilitating the needs of the incident. Warmer and dryer weather conditions are expected to return in the next 48 hours, permitting smoke and visible fire. However, this activity is expected to remain well within the fire perimeter. The Tahoe National Forest has issued a route closure. This includes Mosquito Ridge Rd., Forest Service Rd. 22, as well as Western States trail, and Tevis Cup trails.
Current Situation Zone 2 (south portion): Homes and damaged buildings on White Meadows Road are being evaluated for future damage from possible mud and debris flows caused by the last two days of rain. Crews continue to mop up, hold and improve existing control lines. Fire Suppression Repair Teams are preparing to work in the fire effected areas. The demobilization process continues to release excess resources while maintaining an adequate amount of resources to meet incident needs. In an effort to prevent the spread of non-native weeds and diseases within the forest, a vehicle rinse station has been established using water conservation measures and run off containment. Fire Equipment continues to occupy the roads in and out of the fire area, please use caution while driving.
The King Fire is being managed in Unified Command with Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and CAL FIRE. The Federal Team CIIMT 5 (Jim Giachino) is managing Zone 1 (northern portion) of the fire, and CAL FIRE IMT 5 (Kevin Smith) is managing Zone 2 (southern portion) of the fire.
Route Closure information:
Refer to the following link for El Dorado National Forest Closures
Refer to the following link for the Tahoe National Forest Closures
El Dorado County Information Hotline: The hotline number (530) 642-7263 will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Voicemail is available on weekends and outside of the hotline hours.
Road Closures: For current information refer to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog (pio.edso.org)Cooperating Agencies: CHP, Red Cross, Cal OES, Caltrans, El Dorado Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sierra Pacific Industries, PG&E, Placer County Water Agency, Placer County Sheriffs, California Conservation Corps and El Dorado County Animal Services.