It just keeps getting worse

Forest Service Temporarily Closes All National Forests in California

Contact(s): Jonathan Groveman, (707) 562-8995

VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020—Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

We had closed eight National Forests on Monday evening, Sept. 7, 2020. Explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision.

“The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the State is historic,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore. “These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing these fires.”

The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Citizens with specific questions within their area may call their local forests for more information.

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit

Camping & Fire Restrictions

And if you haven’t heard, the Eldorado, Tahoe and Lake Tahoe Basin are all banning camping and any type of flame, even propane.

This after the Region 5 closed all forests in Southern CA.

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.

Fire Near Rubicon Trail!

There is a fire burning west of Loon Lake, north of Union Valley Reservoir. Way too close to the Rubicon Trail.

Evacuations have been made for the greater area to the west. El Dorado County has closed the Rubicon Trail. People on the trail are being asked to exit through Tahoe.

Here is my go to website about current fires:

This image is from the Rubicon Gazette Facebook page. That website is probably the best source of info right now as many people are posting.

The current size (9/9/20 @ 10:15am) is 2500 acres.

Weather: high temperatures in the high 70’s for the week. Winds from the east until Thursday night, then they swing to the west. It’s burning near the old King fire burn now, which should slow growth. When the winds swing to the west, it should (hopefully) burn back on itself.

Click on the Bunker Hill camera:

This was the screen shot 9/9/20 @ 10:45am

I was on the trail Labor Day weekend (the day before it started) and thankfully, traffic was very low. I’m thinking everyone is off the trail by now.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that this doesn’t explode.


Rubicon Ronin