King Fire Update


Here’s tonight’s update. For better formatting and the agency logos, take a look at inciweb/king fire sites below.

September 19, 2014 8:00 PM
Fire Information Line: (530) 647-5218
County: El Dorado Fire Start: 9/13/14
Current Acreage Burned: 76,376 (moderate spread today, infrared data was not available at the time of the report to provide a new acreage number. Both today’s and tonight’s data will be combined and reported tomorrow morning.)
Percent Containment: 10%
Expected Containment Date: TBD Injuries: 4
Structures Threatened: 21,000 (12,000 residences) Structures Destroyed: Unknown
People Evacuated: 2,819 Cause: Arson
Total Personnel Assigned: 4,936
Current Situation: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon, Silver Creek Canyon, and the Rubicon Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire crossed into Placer County yesterday and is approaching the Tahoe National Forest boundary. The fire spread moderately today with most of the activity in the north end between French Meadows and Hell Hole Reservoir. Evacuations were lifted on the southern end of the fire in the Pollock Pines area.
To improve operational efficiencies and to reduce travel time for the fire crews to reach their assignments, the management of the fire will be splitting into two zones. CalFire IMT 5 (Kevin Smith) will take over management of the southern zone of the fire Saturday morning. The current team CIIMT 5 (Jim Giachino) will be coordinating firefighting operations on the north portion of the fire from a new camp location in the Foresthill area. A Damage Assessment Team is working in the White Meadows area to assess the extent of loss or damage to structures. The King Fire is being managed in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, Eldorado National Forest, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
Evacuations: To obtain the most current and accurate evacuation status and information go directly to the
El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog ( and web page The Sheriff’s office manages all evacuation activities for the county and is updating information as changes occur. To assist in this effort, the Chief Administrative Office of El Dorado County has set up a hotline and webpage.
The hotline phone number is (530) 642-7263. The hotline will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Voicemail is available outside of the hotline hours. Information will also be updated via the County’s Twitter @CountyElDorado and Facebook.
Evacuation Shelter Location: The evacuation shelter is located at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino.
Special Announcements: Public meetings were held tonight in Camino and Garden Valley.
Road Closures: Highway 50 is open at this time but expect delays.
The King Fire Area is closed to provide for public safety. Granite Springs, Ice House Road (east side), Pickett Pen Road, Rubicon Trail, Windmiller Trail, Wrights Lake Road, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness, north of the Highway 50 corridor, Ice House Reservoir, Loon Lake, Rockbound Lake, Rubicon Reservoir. White Meadows at Ice House Road, Rock Creek at 193, Mosquito Road at Union Ridge Road, Highway 50 (Sly Park to Union Ridge), Forebay at Deep Haven and Forebay at Blair is open to residents only, Canyon Edge at Randolph Canyon (hard closure by CHP), Ice House Road from Highway 50 to Wentworth Springs Road and Wentworth Springs Road from Quintette to Ice House Road.
Cooperating Agencies: CHP, Red Cross, Cal OES, El Dorado Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sierra Pacific Industries, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, PG&E, Placer County Water Agency, Placer County OES, and El Dorado County Animal Services.