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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Latest on the King Fire. The smoke has arrived in Grass Valley and Nevada City (Cascade Shores) today. Not a good condition for tomorrow Triathalon. Over 80,000 acres involved

Image Wes Schultz

King, Eldorado National Forest. Unified command between IMT 1 (Giachino) and Cal Fire IMT 1 (Smith). Eleven miles east of Placerville, CA. Timber and grass. Active fire behavior with uphill runs. Numerous residences and energy infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, road and area closures in effect.

The first week of King Fire information has been archived and can be found here.

September 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM 

Camino Public Meeting: 7:00 PM. Seventh-day Adventist Church - 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.

Garden Valley Public Meeting: Time TBD. Location: Golden Sierra High School - 5101 Garden Valley Road, Garden Valley, CA 95633.

September 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM 

Two firefighters have been injured after a 20 ft. fall. Helicopter medevac for one patient requested to the vicinity of Bridalvail campground.

September 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM 

Due to deteriorating visibility, all helicopters are leaving the French Meadows area. Visibility has been reduced to approx. 2 miles. The air tankers have already departed.

September 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM 

Air operations near French Meadows are hampered by smoke.

September 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM 

Total Fire Personnel: 4,901

Total Fire Engines: 379
Total Fire crews: 137
Total Helicopters: 21
Total Dozers: 77
Total Water Tenders: 78
Incident Management Team: 5

September 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM 

As of 11:00 am, no changes in evacuations. The evacuation center in Camino at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino remains open. 2,819 people remain evacuated.

September 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Air quality in the Auburn area is in the Very Unhealthy range. Placerville, Grass Valley and Nevada City are in the Unhealthy range.

September 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM 

Fire activity today may be higher than yesterday, especially where the canyons and east winds come into alignment. There is a chance of thunderstorms in the evening that could cause erratic winds and extreme fire behavior.

Relative humidity recovery was poor across the northeast flank of the fire with readings of 30-40%. The best recovery was at the elevations in the southern portion of the fire. A thermal belt kept the humidity low above 3,000 feet. Today ESE winds of 10-15 mph with gust of 25-30 in the morning. The winds are predicted to transition to the SW late in the day with a slight chance of rain and possible thunderstorms in the evening.

September 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM 
The fire has crossed into Placer County and is approaching the Tahoe National Forest boundary. The fire burned actively throughout the night and a spot fire on the north end of the fire by French Meadows Reservoir has grown to about 500 acres.

Incident map for September 20, 2014.
September 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM 

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