The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon, Silver Creek Canyon, and the Rubicon Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire has crossed into Placer County and has burned onto the Tahoe National Forest. A low pressure system passed south of the incident today, bringing clouds and increased humidity moderating fire activity.
To improve operational efficiencies and to reduce travel time for the fire crews to reach their assignments, the management of the fire will be splitting into two zones. CalFire IMT 5 (Kevin Smith) will take over management of the southern zone of the fire Saturday morning. The current team CIIMT 5 (Jim Giachino) will be coordinating firefighting operations on the north portion of the fire from a new camp location in the Foresthill area. A Damage Assessment Team is working in the White Meadows area to assess the extent of loss or damage to structures. The King Fire is being managed in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, Eldorado National Forest, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.