Fork Fire Update…

The Eldorado Forest just put out an update…

  U.S. Forest Service  Eldorado National Forest  100 Forni Road  Placerville, CA 95667  530-303-2412 News Release For Immediate Release September 9, 2020 Media Contact: Jennifer Chapman, (530) 957-9660 El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, (530) 213-3899 Fork Fire Information, (530) 303-2455 Twitter:@EldoradoNF   Fork Fire Update – September 9, 2020 – 10AM   Fork Fire Information: (530) 303-2455 Inciweb:     Fire Size / Containment: 2,500 acres, 0%-containment – **Acreage is an estimate only; perimeter mapping is in progress** Overnight Fire behavior:There was active fire behavior on the Fork Fire last night with moderate to rapid rates of spread; the fire has spotted into the Rubicon drainage. Resources: 5 engines, 1 dozer, 2 hand crews, 2 water tenders – **Includes resources added since the IAP was published.** Critical resource needs: Type 1 / Type 2crews, dozers, and engines; also Overhead until incoming Incident Management Team takes command. Planned actions / priorities: Full suppression strategy with confine/contain tactics; minimize fire spread within Rubicon River drainage; protect communities of Volcanoville, Quintet, Stumpy Meadows and Georgetown; protect private timber sales; protect critical hydroelectric infrastructure and a critical high voltage KV line that provides power to the Sacramento region. Injuries: 0 Evacuations: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation for Volcanoeville, Quintet and Stumpy Meadows last night, affecting approximately 600 residents; an evacuation service center has been set up at the Cool Community Church at 863 Cave Valley Rd. in Cool, CA. **Please note, the community of Georgetown is NOT under the evacuation order at this time.** Power Shutoff: a power outage affecting the fire area is also causing safety concerns; infrastructure inspections and power restoration where possible will be in progress today Road Closures: check forest websites for Eldorado NF and Tahoe NF Weather:excessive heat, low RH, and changing pressure gradientDry, offshore winds with critical fire weather through Wednesday eveningRed Flag Warning in effect Wind Advisory in effect for the northeast foothillsSmoky conditions across the region due to multiple large wildfiresOther pertinent info: a Type 2 Incident Management Team is enroute; minimal resources are available for the next 48 hrs / operational period; other large fires in the geographical area are causing strain on federal, state, and local government resources.   ###     The U.S.D.A Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer. The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

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