Fire restrictions start today in the El Dorado and Tahoe National Forests. The Lake Tahoe Basin has year-round fire restrictions in place.
This is the second year of very low snowfall and our forests are very dry. Please be responsible when using portable stoves. Welding is restricted as well.
As always, even for a propane stove, campfire permits are required.
Website for campfire permits: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/
Fire resources are responding to the Point Incident north of Elliott Bridge. Initially reported at 6:30 AM the fire is estimated to be at 20 acres, the response includes 7 engines, 3 water tenders, 3 hand crews, overhead resources and additional aircraft on order. For more Point fire information call 530-303-2455. From Inciweb
The Point Fire is on 20 acres but there are winds in the area.
Link below to Bald Mountain camera.
The Bunker Hill camera is sometimes pointed in the right direction.
I don’t know why but the closure area has been reduced. The Rubicon Trail is out of the closure area.
It took someone driving up to the trailhead to figure this one out. There are no barricades or road closures along the route to the Loon Lake entrance.
Thank you to Rusty Folena of RTF for making the drive.
The Eldorado National Forest has not confirmed this anywhere. Hopefully they will mention it in their Twitter update tonight at 6pm.
I’m not sure how to tell you to find that live update as I don’t do Twitter but it will probably get posted on the Rubicon Gazette Facebook page very soon after it ends.
No overnight camping and no open flames. Day use only.
I reached out to RTF about the closure this morning (9/21). They got in touch with Vickie Sanders of El Dorado County. She called the Eldorado National Forest.
12:15pm 9/21/2020: We think the Rubicon has formally been reopened.
When someone publishes something firm, I will add it to this post.
It appears that the Rubicon Trail will be the southern / eastern border of the Fork Fire closure. But that has not been confirmed.
Stay tuned. Sorry I don’t have firm information for you.