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Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 15, 2014 - 07:39pm PT
King Fire has now expanded it's evacuation, this thing is blowing up big time. The evacuation site in Pollock Pines has been moved since it is now in a voluntary evacuation area. The fire area doubled today and is 5% contained. I just got back from Oregon and drove up Highway 50 this afternoon to see this just west of Placerville:
Credit: Charlie D.
Fortunately for us living in Camino the wind shifted and blew out of the SW moving the fire away from us. I'm about 3 miles as the crow fly's from the start point:
Credit: Charlie D.
Credit: Charlie D.
We all knew it was coming we just didn't know when and where. Safe passage for those in harms way and a great thanks to those on the lines.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 15, 2014 - 07:39pm PT
Kind of a later start to the season it seems to me,
actually early start.
CalFire usually figures mid September into late October for the Big Ones.

The big timber mill just N of Weed is alight.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Sep 15, 2014 - 07:51pm PT
Ah. Shows how much I know.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 15, 2014 - 07:58pm PT
October is Santa Ana winds season. When the wind blows hot and dry out of the east in central and Southern CA. Can blow very hard for days at a time.

The big Yosemite Rim Fire two years ago burned most of the month of September and well into October.
and the devastating Oakland Hills fire was in October 1991. A year with a pretty good preceding winter wet season.
We happened to be out on my sailboat in SFBay when it went up. We watched it all night from our apartment in Sausalito. 3,354 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment and condominium units gone.
25 dead including Lee Ortenberger and about 150 seriously injured.
And all finished the next evening.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 15, 2014 - 07:59pm PT
Damn.. This king fire is gonna be in our path me thinks.. Might have to go the scenic route!
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 15, 2014 - 07:59pm PT
Erik
I was just going to post the same pic. From the Weed High School.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:01pm PT
tx for updating this thread, esp hightraverse and khanom

i'm too slammed now to follow
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:02pm PT
Weed's burning!
WBraun

climber
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
HighTraverse -- "The big Yosemite Rim Fire two years ago .."

The Rim fire started August 17, 2013.

That was last year ....
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:09pm PT
Those kids don't seem too concerned about the blazing forest...
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:11pm PT
Mike I-5 is open in the Weed, Mt. Shasta area,
Hwy 97 is closed in the Weed area due to fire, so if yer coming down 97 thru Klamath Falls find an alternate route.
Happy trippin!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:21pm PT
Yup., 97 was the plan... fun with alternate routes! Lol
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 15, 2014 - 08:33pm PT
Courtney fire early this a.m.  Back of Clark Range, GRAY Peak, smoke p...
Courtney fire early this a.m. Back of Clark Range, GRAY Peak, smoke plume working NW.
Credit: mouse from merced
Gray is extreme right, Clark further left, with clouds.

Good luck, Bass Lakers!
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 15, 2014 - 09:04pm PT
Lol.. Fire near shuteye too! Fires everywhere we're going climbing... Good luck to all the residents!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 15, 2014 - 10:35pm PT
hey there, say, is there a link for the oakhurst fire, and an arsonist, found??

thanks, i am looking for one, as, we heard this news, from family...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Sep 16, 2014 - 07:06am PT
Taken from the southeast on Monday the 15th.






Credit: survival







Credit: survival
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Sep 16, 2014 - 11:50am PT
King fire near Pollack Pines
King Fire, taken Tue morning from the edge of the foothills, south of ...
King Fire, taken Tue morning from the edge of the foothills, south of hwy 50.
Credit: Dingus Milktoast

DMT
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 16, 2014 - 01:12pm PT
Weed
something like 150 homes destroyed or damaged.
That's got to be a huge percentage of the housing stock.
That little town has been devastated.
It turns out the Roseburg Mill was only damaged, not destroyed.
At least there will still be some jobs in Weed.

Meanwhile the wind is picking up and the fire is not yet completely out.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 16, 2014 - 01:32pm PT
Meanwhile the King Fire N of US 50 continues pretty much unabated
11570 acres
Only 5% contained.

Now there is a voluntary evacuation area SOUTH of US50.
East of Sly Park Rd between US 50 and Park Creek Rd. East to Fresh Pond.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Sep 16, 2014 - 01:58pm PT
King Fire now has a mandatory evacuation of Swansboro which is on the North side of the American River above Slab Creek Reservoir and on the West side of the fire. Tomorrow the wind is suppose to pick up to 35 mph gusts as a low comes ashore. Wind will be out of the South so it will push the fire further North into Union Valley/Ice House and to the West toward Swansboro.

My fear is as the low moves over the range the wind will shift and come at us out of the North. If the fire has pushed West it will have plenty of fuel to move South with that North wind straight at Camino, Cedar Grove and the Western end of Pollock Pines.

I've got a real bad feeling this thing is about to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better. Let's hope it rains enough Thursday morning so they can get it better contained on that West and South sides in anticipation of the North wind. I'm sure a part of their strategy is to back fire from the Southern containment lines today and tomorrow.

Rub a rabbits foot, cross your fingers and or say a prayer for those in harms way.

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