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King Fire morning update Oct 4, 2014

Incident: King Fire Wildfire
Released: 10/4/2014

Start Date: September 13, 2014

Size: 97,717 acres

Containment: 98%

Injuries: 11

Estimated Containment Date: October 5, 2014

Total Personnel Assigned: 2,382

Cause: Arson

Structures Destroyed: 80 (12 residences, 68 other type)

Current Situation: Today firefighters will continue suppression tactics in the Rubicon River Valley on the southwest flank of the fire, working towards full containment of the fire. Extreme, steep terrain is slowing containment in that area. With warm, dry weather forecast for the next few days, residents may see some smoke from smoldering heavy fuels in the interior of the fire area.

Firefighters will patrol and extinguish any remaining isolated hot spots near the fire perimeter.

Although suppression efforts are nearing completion, a considerable amount of work remains to be done. Crews have been shifting their focus to suppression repair removing hazardous trees; removing equipment such as hose, pumps and tanks from the fire area; chipping brush and removing road debris to make roads safer for public travel. Closures remain in effect for public safety. Much of the repair work in the northern part of the fire area has been completed.

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Suppression Repairs Complete

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The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team of specialists is assessing burned watersheds to identify post-fire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on the Eldorado National Forest. They will recommend actions to be taken to stabilize the area before the first major storms. For further details on BAER please visit:

Forest Closures:

Eldorado National Forest: Tuesday the Eldorado National Forest released a closure order reducing the size of the closure area. To view the news release, new closure order and map, please visit:

Tahoe National Forest: The Tahoe National Forest’s road and trail closure order remains in effect and can be viewed at:


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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