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King Fire Wednesday Update: Weather May Give Fire Crews A Hand

  

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Update: 6:22 p.m. - Weather May Give King Fire Crews A Hand

The weather forecast is more favorable for firefighters working to contain the King Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties.

A Pacific storm is bringing cooler weather, rain and higher relative humidity levels.

Sacramento National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Shoemaker said there's potential for half-an-inch of rain around the King Fire area.

He said the amount of rainfall won't be enough to create debris flow or mudslides in areas burned by wildfire.

"Right now we're not anticipating that the rainfall rates are heavy enough to cause a problem," said Shoemaker. "We're only expecting maybe a tenth of an inch or two-tenths of an inch an hour, that helps out by not producing any type of debris flow."

Shoemaker said the showers should linger through the weekend.

He also said the winds will be lighter Thursday and through the rest of the week. 

 

More Firefighters Join The Effort; Firefighter Injured

There are more than 7,600 firefighters on the King Fire this afternoon in El Dorado and Placer counties ... and after gusty winds today, the weather is expected to turn in their favor tomorrow.

A Pacific storm is expected to bring light rain, higher humidity and lighter winds tomorrow morning.

The fire, which started Sept. 13, is 38 percent contained. Nearly 93,000 acres have burned.

Fire officials say a firefighter has been injured on the fire line. He was hoisted out and airlifted to the nearest hospital with unknown injuries

 

Original post: 7 a.m.

Some residents near Pollock Pines have been allowed to return to their homes as thousands of other homes are still threatened by the King Fire. The fire has burned 92,960 acres and is still 38 percent contained.

The number of firefighters on the scene continues to grow. There are now more than 7,500 firefighters working against the flames.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning, due to a forecast that includes warm, dry conditions and gusty winds.

Twelve homes have been destroyed, as well as 56 other minor structures.

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Wednesday Sept.4, there will be community meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. Golden Sierra High School in the Multi-Purpose Room at 5101 Garden Valley Road, Garden Valley, Calif.; Tahoe City High School at 2945 Polaris Road Tahoe City, Calif.; Foresthill High School at 23319 Foresthill Road, Foresthill CA


Current Evacuation Areas (as of 09/23/14)

The evacuation border in the Pollock Pines area east of Sly Park Road has been modified. Residents of Bridle Path Way, Forest Road and Outer Limits Lane may return to their residences. All other areas listed below remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

Forebay Area

Mandatory Evacuation

Forebay Road (north of Moon Lane), Homestead

Mosquito, Swansboro Area

Mandatory Evacuation

Mosquito Road – north of the American River, Rock Creek Road – east of Rock Creek, Mosquito Cutoff Road, Adams Lane, Amber Way, Buckboard Road, Buckeye Court, Cable View Court, Cedar Court, Claim Court, Claim Lane, Claim Street, Claim Terrace, Corder Court, Darr Court, Deer Canyon Court, Deer Park Drive, Dickinson Road, Dogwood Lane, Dyer Court, Dyer Way, Gold Court, Gold Trail, Gold Rock Road, Gravel Court, Gravel Road, Highgrade Street, Holiday Lane, Immerville Drive, Indian Way, Junco Court, La Paz Road, Lawyer Drive, Log Cabin Court, Log Cabin Lane, Long Gulch Court, Lupine Court, Lupine Lane, Maidu Drive, McGuire Court, Morton Court, Normas Road, Orval Beckett Court, Pawdick Court, Peycos Drive, Pine Cone Court, Pine Needle Lane, Poke Court, Ponderosa Grove Drive, Rex Court, Riffle Court,Running Quail Court, Shale Drive, Shilo Drive, Slab Creek Court, Sluice Street, Stope Court, Stope Drive, Story Lane, Swansboro Road, Trail Gulch Road, Triple R Road, Tumeli Lane, Webb Fork Road, Wildflower Court, White Oak Drive, Yankee John Court, 1 Eye Creek Court,  1 Eye Creek Road

Volcanoville, Quintette, Blodgett, Upper Ice House Area

Mandatory Evacuation

Bear Foot Road, Bear State Road, Bird Nest Lane, Blodgett Forest Road, Bojac Court, Bootjack Mine Road, Carey Ave, Cassill Mine Road, Cecil Lane, Cedar Cable Road, Chiquita Bypass, Christmas Tree Lane, Country Road, Ditch Camp Road, Dry Lakes Trail, Dusty Camp Road, East Carey Avenue, El Bosque, Garden Tower Lane, Harmony Lane, Haven Ridge Road, Helix Flat Avenue, Horse Power Drive, Kentucky Flat Road, Little Silver Road, Lodgepole Lane, Lofty Peak Lane, Logging Road, Loop Cutoff Road, Loop Road, Merkel Drive, Middle Loop Road, Midway Loop Road, Narrow Way, Onion Valley Road, Otter Creek Road, Paymaster Mine Road, Peavine Point Road, Piolet Creek Road, Plum Creek Road, Point Lane, Quintette Court, Ringtail Place, Ringtail Road, Robs Cabin Trail, Rock Creek Road (one mile south from Wentworth Springs), Rubicon Road, Sand Mountain Boulevard, Shotgun Lane, Sleigh Bell, Snowy Way, South Creek Road, South Fork Trail, Spring Tunnel Mine Road, Star Lane Thumper Lane, Stickerbrush Trail, Sunset Peak Lane, Tall Timber Road, Tinsel Trail, Tricometric Trail, Trinity Trail, Tunnel Hill Loop Road, Tunnel Hill Loop, Tunnel HIll Road, Un Road, Volcanoville Road, Wentworth Springs Road (east of Balderston Road), West Carey Court, White Fir Road, Winter Springs, Wild Horse Trail, Woodpecker Road, Yuletide Way, 11 Pines Road, 12 Mile Court, 12 Mile Road

Crystal Basin, Icehouse, Upper Wentworth Springs Area

Mandatory Evacuation

Big Hill Lookout Road, Big Hill Road, Blodgett Forest Road, Frontier Road, Granite Springs, Helix Flat Ave,  Ice House Road, Jones Fork Power House Road, Middle Loop Road, Mosquito Road, Onion Valley Road, Little Silver Road, Loop Road, Peavine Point Road, Peavine Ridge Road (except for the 1st mile North of White Meadows Road), Pickett Pen Road, Piolet Creek Road, Plum Creek Road, Robb’s Peak Road, Rubicon Trail, Sand Mountain Road, SMUDEA, Spring Road, Sunset Drive, Tricometric Trail, Wentworth Springs (east of Balderston Road), Windmiller Trail, Wrights Lake Road,11 Pines Road

Including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness, north of the Highway 50 corridor.