Firing Operations to Contain the Table Fire Begin Today
Incident: Table Fire Wildfire
Smoke Will be Visible from Highway 50
PLACERVILLE, CA, October 12, 2017 - Firefighters plan to begin firing operations on the Table Fire in the Eldorado National Forest later today. These operations are expected to stop the progression of the fire. The lightning ignited Table Fire is burning three miles northeast of Ice House Reservoir near Table Rock. This wildfire started when the forest received a total of 153 lightning strikes during storm activity in early September.
The Table Fire is currently 110 acres and 15 % contained. The firing operation will use hand ignition to burn small sections of land moving from east to west, allowing the westerly winds to push fire into the already burned area. This operation will safely bring the fire down to the Jones Fork of Silver Creek, a perennial stream, which crews have been preparing for use as a containment line.
Firing will take place over the next few days, and should be completed by Saturday evening. Smoke will be visible from Highway 50, and may settle at night, creating smokier conditions in the morning. Air quality in the fire area is also being impacted by the other large wildfires in northern California.
There are currently 8 crews, 8 engines and a dozer assigned to the Table Fire. Fire equipment and personnel will be using the 12N99 and 11N37B roads for Table Fire operations, so the public is asked to avoid these roads until further notice.
The suppression strategy for the Table Fire includes the use of natural rock barriers as well as handline, dozerline and firing, to minimize exposure to hazardous snags, and dangerous terrain.
Response to wildfire is a process of risk assessment, including risk to life, property, and forest resources. Firefighter fatalities in recent years have led to Life First principles which do not allow unnecessary risk to firefighter safety in fire suppression operations.
"These principles are being taken into account as we make decisions about this fire," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "We are also aware that when fires are suppressed, fuel loads accumulate which can create a greater wildfire threat in the future. The risk of larger, future wildfires with heavier smoke impacts was considered along with risk to human life and other values in responding to the Table Fire."
The nearby Ice Fire which started on Tuesday, October 10 threatened homes, powerlines, and other infrastructure in the White Meadows area. This fire is two miles west of the Ice House Road - White Meadows Road intersection, near road 11N65F, and is currently 29 acres and 75 % contained. The Ice Fire is under investigation, but is known to have been human-caused.
For fire information updates, photos and maps, please visit Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov .
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