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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/13/2020 02:03 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/13/2020 02:03 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM

The Fork Fire Now 1,736 Acres, 7% Contained in Rubicon Canyon

Raffetto, CA...The Fork Fire started in the Crystal Basin near Gerle Creek under critical fire weather conditions. Driven by east winds gusting 30-50 miles per hour, the fire grew rapidly to the west. It is burning in the Rubicon River drainage and the 2014 King Fire burn scar. The Rubicon canyon is in an extremely steep and remote area which makes firefighting difficult. This area of the King Fire had burned at high severity with nearly 100% tree mortality, leaving large snag patches of fire killed trees. The standing snags are a significant safety hazard, especially in strong winds. There is also a high concentration of dead and down trees creating a heavy fuel load, as well as dense post-fire regrowth of 4-6 foot tall brush.

The incident meteorologist predicts southwest winds may increase over the ridges, potentially aligning in the Rubicon River drainage today and tomorrow. Combined with lower humidity, these conditions could lead to critical fire weather. If the smoke begins to lift out of the area, this is a strong indication of changing weather conditions.

Fork Fire Update
September 13, 2020
Fire Information Line: (530) 303-2455
Media Phone Line: (530) 497-0315
Critical fire weather predicted for Fork Fire

Incident Start Date: 9/8/2020 Location: 15 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA
Incident Type: Wildfire Cause: Under investigation
Size: 1,752 acres Agency: USDA Forest Service – Eldorado National Forest
Containment: 7% Total Personnel: 237
Crews: 4 Helicopters: 2 Engines: 9 Dozers: 2 Water Tenders: 6

Highlights: The incident meteorologist predicts southwest winds may increase over the ridges, potentially aligning in the Rubicon River drainage today and tomorrow. Combined with lower humidity, these conditions could lead to critical fire weather. If the smoke begins to lift out of the area, this is a strong indication of changing weather conditions.

Community Meeting: The Incident Management Team hosted a virtual community meeting yesterday evening, with over 300 participants viewing the live video. A recording of the meeting is now available at No account is required to view the video. The next virtual community meeting will be held tonight at 6 p.m. on the Eldorado National Forest’s Facebook page. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at A recording will be posted immediately following the live meeting.

Operations: Yesterday, crews focused on strengthening the lines east and south on the Fork Fire to prevent fire movement toward Gerle Creek and Airport Flat. Today, firefighters will shift their work toward the north and east where winds may push fire activity and test containment lines. Crews will continue to mop up and hold the south side of the fire area. Firefighters have identified a planned fire line near the southwest edge of the fire toward the South Fork of the Rubicon River. Crews continue to scout for safe containment options further west across the Rubicon River, although steep topography and weakened snags present many potential challenges. On the northeast side near Little Deer Creek, a containment line was established and improved. In preparation for the critical fire conditions, the crews will attempt to use helicopters and Super Scoopers to cool active fire spots along the northeast edge, if weather permits.

Weather: Southwest winds will increase over the ridges and through the Rubicon River drainage today and tomorrow. Warm and dry conditions with poor humidity recovery will continue, leading to near critical fire weather conditions each afternoon. Closures: The Eldorado National Forest is closed until further notice as part of a regional temporary emergency closure. Further information about this closure order can be found at A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area.

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Email: Twitter: @EldoradoNF
Wildfire Cameras: Information Center Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Posted on: 2020-09-13 14:28:25   By: Anonymous
Camped at Union valley, ice house, black lake, beauty lake, and loon lake over the last 40 years. Hurts me to see these pictures. Burn scars still there from previous fires. I’m running out of places to camp at! Maybe Idaho or Wyoming for the answer.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-13 16:05:23   By: Anonymous
    The way things are going, we might all be camping in tents in the near future.
    I recently saw Calif was in the top 5 states....not to live.
    Just because Climate Change has a lot to do with these fires does not make it right to keep looking the other way about our forest. It's been too long neglected by our politicians in Calif.
    That Bullet Train needs to run East to West and sell one way tickets out of Calif. Just think Gavin, you can bump up the price 1,000 percent and still make a killing.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-13 16:47:13   By: Anonymous
      I can't believe the firefighter doesn't know his backpack is on fire.

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        Posted on: 2020-09-13 17:58:17   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2020-09-13 18:52:51   By: Anonymous
      If you look at olden pictures of Calaveras towns the trees were cleared all around the towns. Many had burned down (some several times) and besides using the lumber to build, I'm sure they wanted it that way to keep the towns safe.

      So maybe we should ourselves towns people force the surrounding large land owners to clear at least a certain distance from towns. There is a value in the wood and products. We could also start our own milling and mulching business.

      If counties can condemn buildings for the safety of occupants and the community, why can they not condemn overly wooded properties that are a danger to the owner and the surround communities? Why are they doing nothing at all?

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        Posted on: 2020-09-14 08:50:45   By: Anonymous

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          Posted on: 2020-09-14 09:25:30   By: Anonymous
          Then what.

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            Posted on: 2020-09-14 18:17:47   By: Anonymous
            Then we continue milling and mulching to thin and remove debris creating products from the rest of the surrounding forest and private lands. We will then improve our lives, safety, health and create jobs and products that are needed and valued.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-13 20:52:52   By: Anonymous
I don't think his backpack is on fire. It's just the fire behind him.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-13 20:59:04   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2020-09-14 07:11:09   By: Anonymous
      The end is near, good I'll be glad when fire season is over...

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    Posted on: 2020-09-13 21:36:17   By: Anonymous
    Boy that one flew right over your empty head lolololo.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-14 07:03:31   By: Anonymous
If you look, they are back firing off an old clear cut. It's most likely private ground. Without these open areas there would be no place to take a stand.

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