King Fire morning update 9/29/2014
Incident: King Fire Wildfire
Current Situation Zone 1 (north portion): Fire crews will continue to have another day of mopping up, pulling excess hose and pumps along with chipping brush within the fire line of Zone 1. Today’s operations will not experience any precipitation which will likely allow smoke and visible fire from the heat that still remains in the heavier fuels and duff which have been sheltered from the rain under the dense timber canopy. However, these conditions are expected to remain in the fire perimeter with spread potential extremely low. The Truckee Call center is now closed and all calls will be directed to the Zone 2 call center at 530-647-5218.
Current Situation Zone 2 (south portion): One to three inches of rain over the fire area in the last few days helped firefighters continue to cool remaining areas of heat on the fire perimeter and halt the spread of the fire. A warm, dry trend over the next few days is expected to cause an increase in fire activity and smoke in the interior of the fire area where heavy and sheltered fuels retained heat. However, the fire is not expected to spread. Firefighters will continue mop up and patrol. Standing dead trees are being cut down where they pose a potential threat to public safety along roads. Crews are repairing areas damaged by hand line and dozer line construction and removing excess firefighting equipment from the line.
The King fire is being managed in Unified Command with the Eldorado National Forest and CAL FIRE. California Interagency Incident Management Team (CIIMT) 5 led by Jim Giachino is managing Zone 1 (northern portion) of the fire and CIIMT 1 led by Jerry McGowan has begun managing Zone 2 (southern portion) of the fire.
Road Closures: For current information refer to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog at http://pio.edso.org/.
Forest Closures: Some areas of the Forest are closed for public and firefighter safety. For current closure information please refer to the following links:
Eldorado National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado/news-events/?cid=STELPRD3818087
Tahoe National Forest: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tahoe/alerts-notices/?aid=252822
El Dorado County Fire Information Hotline: The hotline number (530) 642-7263 is staffed 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with voicemail available at other times.
Start Date: September 13, 2014
Size: 97,099 acres
Estimated Containment Date: October 4, 2014
Total Personnel Assigned: 4,224
Structures Destroyed: 80 (12 residences, 68 other type)