28 SEPT 2014 10:30am – Everything is winding down on the King Fire. The prior inciweb page appears to be inaccessible but there is a summary page on containment and acreage here. Unless there is a significant development this will be the last post here. The vast majority of the animals have been returned to their owners as they head home after the evacuations. Here is a link to a pdf topo map of the incident as of today. Active fire lines are in red, containment lines are in black. And below is this morning’s MODIS hot spot now showing how much things have wound down in the last few days. If you want to read a first hand account of how the fire went down from a resident’s perspective click here.
25 SEPT 2014 1:30pm – RAIN, Rain come and stay, at least for a while. Through the combined efforts of 8,000 firefighters and mother nature things are looking up on the King Fire. At 6pm last night residents were allowed back in to the Swansboro area. For a current list of releases and ongoing evacuated areas go to the EDSO blog.
Animal Services will be busy today releasing animals back to their owners but if you have loaned equipment to them you can pick it up during regular business hours. If the equipment or animals are at the Fairgrounds you should contact Animal Services first. For animals or equipment at the Ponderosa High School FFA Farm you should contact Animal Services or do as instructed by persons on site at the FFA Farm. Contact info and hours for Animal Services are at this link.
Animal Services staff have requested Laundry Detergent and household bleach as their current supply is very low and resupply is difficult with all the animal releases today.
24 Sept 2014 Noon – Sheltering sites remain the same. Manpower is adequate and supplies are good with the exception of Pine Pellets for cat litter, see Facebook Post. HELP is still needed at the El Dorado County Animal Services Placerville Shelter to get laundry done off site and brought back daily. Check with shelter staff by calling or through their facebook page. Only a short term solution is needed for the laundry, as the shelter will very soon be moving to the New Animal Services Facility which will have a brand new washer and dryer. (Thank you for those who offered to purchase a new machine.)
Progress on direct and indirect fire lines in both Zone 1 and Zone 2 of the fire continues. Backfiring appears to be almost complete to protect the Swansboro area with connection to Slab Creek Reservoir on the south side. The arcing heat signatures in the southwestern part of the image below are consistent with this information. For all kinds of links and information go to the Inciweb site for the King Fire.
22 Sept 2014 9pm – Sheltering sites remain the same. Supplies and manpower are still adequate at these sites and the fire appears to continue with its more reasonable behavior. Animal Services has posted information in the news section of their website.
There is a nice collection of links and information on Inciweb now click here.
More MODIS hotspot maps can be seen on the PAWED Facebook page just click on the FB icon at the top of any of our pages and it will take you there.
20 SEPT 2014 5pm update – No change in sheltering sites. All sites have adequate supplies and manpower at this time. Sheltering will continue into next week and perhaps longer depending on the behavior of the fire. Currently at the Placerville Shelter (EDCAS) alone there are 40 dogs, 60 cats, 8 chinchillas, 4 cage birds and 1 guinea pig. HELP is needed at the El Dorado County Animal Services Placerville Shelter to get laundry done off site daily. Check with shelter staff by calling or through their facebook page. Only a short term solution is needed for the laundry as the shelter will very soon be moving to the New Animal Services Facility which will have a brand new washer and dryer. (Thank you for those who offered to purchase a new machine.) A GREAT BIG thank you goes out to HANGTOWN KENNEL CLUB for their loan of 8 huge dog show tents to provide critical shade for dogs being sheltered at the Placerville Shelter (EDCAS)
6:30 pm Hot Spot Map
19 SEPT 2014 11:30am update – All animal sheltering sites are currently good on supplies of all types, including manpower. These sites are being manned by trained PAWED shelter volunteers, SCLAR members and EDCAS staff.
ANIMAL EMERGENCY SHELTERING at THE 7th Day ADVENTIST CHURCH IN CAMINO HAS CLOSED AND MOVED TO THE EL DORADO COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER IN PLACERVILLE. – This site is sheltering the dogs, cats, pocket pets and caged birds like parrots and canaries.
Small farm animals like sheep, goats and pigs as well as poultry and water fowl (chickens, ducks and geese) should go to the FFA farm at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs.
Large farm animals like horses, cattle and Llamas should go to the Fair grounds in Placerville. Be advised that this site is also the main staging location for all firefighters coming on and off of this fire.
The fire has been calmer the last 24 hours as seen in the mid morning MODIS hotspot map. (Note that some of the newer hot spots may be backfires to improve containment.)
17 SEPT 2014 4:30 PM update – The El Dorado County Animal Services Placerville Shelter needs clean new cardboard cat carriers if you have them.
There is a new information page for the King Fire with key links to information. The EDSO link has current evacuation information and community meeting locations. http://www.edcgov.us/Government/El_Dorado_County_King_Fire_Information.aspx
Here are the MODIS Hot Spot Maps for Noon today and for 4:30pm today.
16 SEPT 2014 10 pm update - Donations of 4 – 8 inch plastic or metal bowls needed at the Fairgrounds for feeding evacuated turkeys, chickens, and ducks. Please deliver to SCLAR volunteers at Fairgrounds.
16 SEPT 2014 5:30 PM (update) Animal Evacuations – The El Dorado County Animal Services shelter in Placerville is FULL. Animals can be evacuated to the following sites:
16 SEPTEMBER 11:45 AM update (This is a rapidly changing situation. The Emergency People and Small Animal Shelter has already been moved 3 times.)
Current updates on yubanet
The fire is currently listed at over 11,000 acres. The King Fire started off of Forebay Road in Pollock Pines on September 13th. Yubanet cites the following new evacuation info at 11:35 today. “CHP SIGALERT update: Mandatory evacuations on Mosquito Rd – CLosures will be at ROCK CREEK and 193, Rock Creek and Mosquito, Gravel Rd at Rock Creek and Mosquito at Bolt – Only emergency vehicles will be allowed.”
Most recent map (thank you yubanet for posting this)
The most recent information from Cal Fire on the incident can be found here.
Large animals are being handled at the Fairgrounds in Placerville by SCLAR volunteers and EDCAS staff.
Small animals are to go to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Camino. PAWED volunteers and EDCAS staff are manning this animal shelter. If you are a trained PAWED shelter volunteer and wish to help contact Charlene via email or phone and she will schedule you if there is still a need. There is also need for transport of supplies from the Placerville shelter to the Emergency Shelter in Camino.
Supplies are needed and should go to the El Dorado County Animal Services Placerville Shelter.
Equipment and Supplies: Crates, cat litter, small aluminum litter pans, cat and dog food: We are in the process of getting crates at the shelter cleaned and transported to the Church in Camino. Also getting crates and other disaster response supplies( stored at the disaster response storage site in Shingle Springs), transported to Camino. If you have large or medium crates that we can use, please mark them with your name and phone number, and take them to the shelter, and we will get them transported to Camino. Also we need more cat litter, small aluminum litter pans, dry cat and dog food–and if you can donate any of these items, please take to the shelter.
Most recent info from Yubanet as CalFire site is overloaded and not accessible.
September 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Current Situation: The King Fire is located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River, northeast of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire is currently burning to the east/northeast and northwest and was very active yesterday. The fire is burning in steep terrain located in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon. Rollouts and spotting continue to be a problem in these areas. Both ground and air resources continue to be challenged by this steep terrain. During the nighttime hours the fire remained active, pushing the fire down through the drainages. California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 has assumed command of the fire as of 6:00 A.M. this morning. This unified command fire is a joint effort with CAL FIRE and the El Dorado National Forest.
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuation Orders are in place for the following: The Community of Swansboro north of the South Fork of the American River between Brushy Creek and Rock Creek. Eastside of Forebay Road from King of the Mountain Road to Pony Express Trail. All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay Road east through Bullion Bend. White Meadows Road and Spring Valley Road are also under mandatory evacuation.
Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for the following: East side of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Park Creek Road, extending east to Fresh Pond, and west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek Ct, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Ct, and Baltimore Road are also included in the Voluntary Evacuation Advisory.
Evacuation Shelter Location: The evacuation center has been moved to the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Address is: 3520 Carson Road in Camino.
Road Closures: Forebay Road at Blair Road and at Forebay Road at Pony Express Trail. White Meadows Road is Closed at Ice House Road. Highway 50 east of Pollock Pines may be subject to delays or lane closures in the fire area.
Special Announcements: A community meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 P.M., located at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Address is: 3520 Carson Road in Camino.
Cooperating Agencies: El Dorado County Sheriff, CHP, Red Cross, Cal OES, El Dorado County Animal Control, El Dorado Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Sierra Pacific Industries.