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King Fire

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

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King Fire evening update Oct 6

King Fire Wildfire
News – 10/6/2014

Current Situation:

As expected, increased fire behavior in the interior of the fire was seen in the Rubicon River Valley today as isolated islands of surface fuels continue to burn. Areas with limited access will continue to be monitored and suppressed as needed.

Fire crews continue to remove hazardous trees, chip brush and remove road debris to make roads safer for public travel.

All forest roads within the burned area remain closed due to hazardous conditions which are expected to persist for some time.

Crews have repaired 147 miles (44 percent) of hand and dozer lines and roads used for fire suppression activities and removed excess fire equipment such as hose, pumps, and tanks.

CIIMT-1 (McGowan) is in transition with IMT-3 (Nelson). Transfer of command is scheduled for October 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM.

A team of specialists continues to work on emergency stabilization measures. Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands. It includes taking actions for immediate emergency stabilization 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 for the King Fire was lifted at 6:00 PM this evening. For more information, please visit

Start Date: September 13, 2014

Size: 97,717 acres

Containment: 98%

Injuries: 12

Estimated Containment Date: October 8, 2014

Total Personnel Assigned: 1,734

Cause: Arson

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

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