King Fire morning update Oct 7
Incident: King Fire Wildfire
Current Situation: Today firefighters will continue suppressing the few remaining areas of heat within 200 feet of the fire perimeter which were identified using heat-sensing aerial photography. The extreme, steep terrain has been challenging, but full containment of the fire is expected by October 8.
Suppression repair and removal of excess fire equipment remain priorities for today. Crews have repaired 147 miles (37 percent) of dozer lines, 63 miles (41 percent) of handline and 123 miles (55 percent) of roads used for fire suppression activities. Firefighters continue removing hazardous trees; chipping brush and removing road debris to make roads safer for public travel.
Persistent warm, dry weather is producing conditions favorable for smoke generated by smoldering heavy fuels in the interior of the fire area.
Today California Interagency Incident Management Team (CIIMT)-1 (McGowan), the team currently managing the fire, is transitioning with Incident Management Team (IMT-3) (Nelson) from the Eldorado National Forest. Transfer of command is scheduled for October 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM. Several hundred firefighters will remain on the fire to finish the planned work. The Eldorado NF will provide fire information on the websites listed above and closure information on the Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado.
A team of specialists is working 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 more information on BAER please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4126/.
Tahoe National Forest Closure Lifted: The Tahoe National Forest’s road and trail closure order for the King Fire was lifted at 6:00 PM last night. For more information, please visit www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe.
Eldorado National Forest: An area closure for public safety on the Eldorado National Forest is still in effect. To view the current closure order and map, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/n5ej7e8.
Start Date: September 13, 2014
Size: 97,717 acres
Estimated Containment Date: October 8, 2014
Total Personnel Assigned: 1,734
Structures Destroyed: 80 (12 residences, 68 other type)