Eldorado National Forest Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit News and Events

Updates: “Fork Fire”near Loon Lake Recreational Areas Crystal Basin

Written by sierrarecmagazine

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation for Volcanoeville, Quintet and Stumpy Meadows last night,

Updates 9/9/2020 11:30 am

The Fork Fire in the Pacific Ranger District is now

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.

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.

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.


Breaking News 9/8/2020 – Tahoe West Shore wilderness region – The Fork Fire discovered Tuesday west of Loon Lake in the Eldorado National Forest has grown to 100 acres and officials say it has significant growth potential.

The blaze is off Wentworth Springs Rd., and the Gerle Creek access.

Evacuations are in place for Loon Lake, Gerle Creek and Rubicon Trail.

Fire is expected to be in Rubicon River drainage today and reburn in King Fire burn scar down slope/down canyon. Rubicon River is extremely steep and remote. Currently rapid rates of fire spread, spotting, torching and running in dense timber. Fork fire is headed towards King fire burn scar where there is light flashy fuels and heavy dead/down. Spotting and rapid rates of spread expected to continue through the night. East winds 25-30 sustained with gusts up to 50 mph are fueling this fire.

24 hours: Fire will continue to spread rapidly in westerly direction in the Rubicon canyon towards communities of Quintette, Volcanoville and Georgetown.

48 hours: Once fire is established in Rubicon and a return to diurnal wind patterns, it will have potential to run up slope/canyon towards Hell Hole reservoir, same path as King Fire.

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