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Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jul 25, 2014 - 08:45pm PT
It's blowing up fast, view from our place in Camino at sun down North East of the fire and so it begins a major bummer.

Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jul 26, 2014 - 05:29am PT
Triple digit temps today with 5-8 mph wind blowing out of the north and northeast. Safe passage for those in harms way. Thanks for the links khanom very helpful.

It appears the area burning is south of Sand Ridge Road based on the road names on Cal Fires incident site.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jul 26, 2014 - 07:21am PT
khanom, where's your place?

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jul 26, 2014 - 08:27am PT
What's happening with the fire near Plymouth this morning?

Is there a lot of smoke up at Placerville, or on 50 east? We were thinking of taking a visiting friend from AK out that way....

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jul 26, 2014 - 10:09am PT
Thanks K, that's EXACTLY the map I needed.

Fingers crossed for all the people and Fighters in that area.

Social climber
Jul 26, 2014 - 11:52am PT
hey there say, DMT... and sully... i JUST now learned about this 'sand fire'
will go see the links...

whewww... keeping you in my thoughts and prayers... and others in that area, as well...

the house-sitting... oh sully, three horses, :O to move out...
i remember when my brother matt had to move his horse out...
he could NOT get it into the trailer, and then, it has a slightly
touchy foot... he ended up walking it out, through the night,
quite a ways to some friends...

may you have safe open doors to get this down, if you have to... :(

DMT, if things get worse, do you have any options for help?

did not see yet, but who else, here, is near this?

i think you all read this already (from the 25th) i think:

PLYMOUTH, Calif. (KCRA) —Firefighters were making progress Friday night containing a grass fire burning along the line that separates Amador and El Dorado counties.

Amador County fire
Amador County fire

Photo snapped at the Shenandoah Vineyards (July 25, 2014)
Photo courtesy Robert Sobon
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Flames from Highway 49 fire engulf home
Flames from Highway 49 fire engulf home

A grass fire in El Dorado and Amador counties burns a home off Highway 49 on Friday.

The fire, which has forced evacuations for people who live along Sand Ridge Road and Freshwater Lane, was 20 percent contained as of 10:30 p.m., according to Cal Fire officials.

The Sand Fire, as it is called, has burned 1,300 acres and destroyed at least two structures.

View #SandFire photos

Between 200 and 250 people have been evacuated, according to El Dorado County sheriff's officials.

An evacuation center has been setup at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Evacuated animals are also being sheltered at the fairgrounds.

Sheriff's officials are asking evacuees to enter the fairgrounds from Forni Road on the side of the Denny's Restaurant.

Highway 49 remains open throughout the area.

Watch report: Wildfire burns on border of Amador-El Dorado counties

A massive plume of smoke was visible for at least 50 miles Friday afternoon.

KCRA's Mark Finan said satellite imagery showed smoke drifting into El Dorado, Nevada and Placer counties.

LiveCopter 3 flew over the scene Friday evening, where it appeared the fire was burning on both sides of the Cosumnes River.

Firefighters are battling steep terrain under dry and hot conditions. Temperatures, which were in the triple digits when the fire started in the afternoon, remained in the 80s throughout the evening.

Residents and visitors to the area have been told to be prepared and aware of the unfolding situation, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the state's fire department. More evacuation orders are possible.

Story Winery sits to the south of where the fire is burning. An employee at the winery said flames came within 200 yards, but as of Friday evening, the fire was moving away from that area.

The blaze started about 4:30 p.m., just north of Plymouth, in a very remote area.

Access is tough for Cal Fire crews, Tolmachoff said. Also posing a challenge to firefighters is how high the blaze is burning. Many treetops are on fire.

Air tankers and helicopters were flying over the Gold Beach area Friday afternoon.

Overnight, fire crews will use bulldozers to cut fire lines in an effort to stop the blaze from spreading, Cal Fire officials said.

The fire is about 45 miles east of Sacramento. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Dry, thick brush and oak trees are fueling the blaze.

Early reports indicate a vehicle fire may have spread to some nearby vegetation, sparking the massive blaze, officials said.

Ten fire engines and two command officers from Sacramento County headed out to the Amador region Friday evening, including units from Cosumnes, Sac Metro, Folsom and Wilton Fire.

Sand Ridge Road is closed.

Read more:

it was from this link (shared by khanom):

lead me to the article one here:!bm9OOE
john bald

Jul 26, 2014 - 12:47pm PT
Keith....Worked with all those guys you mentioned. Still have the orange fire shirt. Much respect for Chuck, Yazzie, Gordon and Woody. No respect for Chakerian! Johnny Miles the cook was a hoot. Brought that military work ethic into the kitchen at the bunk house. Watch out if you got an Jonny's bad side during KP. Never knew RR worked up there on the Baldy!

My wife's last year with the FS (33 years). She is currently driving computers up on the Washington fires.

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Jul 26, 2014 - 02:29pm PT
This is a great thread. Thanks for starting it.

Us SoCal folk now get to sit out the season and hope that the Angeles Crest, Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead etc don't go up. With the amount of Bark Beetle damage up there... Oh boy.

Trad climber
Josh, CA
Jul 26, 2014 - 04:15pm PT
Bad news.

Jul 26, 2014 - 06:01pm PT

They're evacuating Foresta as we speak ......
the albatross

Gym climber
Jul 26, 2014 - 08:28pm PT
It sounds as if it is really heating up in the Sierra Nevada Range. It is almost as if some mega fires are starting to brew, best of luck all the way around these beasts.
John M

Jul 26, 2014 - 09:03pm PT
any update on the el portal fire. does it have a name?

edit: Just heard it is called the El Portal fire.

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 26, 2014 - 10:07pm PT
Hey Sully,

I've been in that position.

Having owned animals I would have been incapable of evacuating myself, ( donkey and goats ) I was advised to let them out of their corral, and close the gate behind them so they can't get back "home". They stand a better chance of making good survival decisions when they can't retreat back to what's always been their safe place.

Good luck. There's only so much you can do, and that's what stinks the most about these things.
John M

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:14pm PT
Wildfire Near Yosemite Forces Road Closures, Evacuations
July 26, 2014
Evacuations are in place for the community of Foresta as firefighters battle a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park.
The fire started Saturday around 4:30 p.m. and now covers approximately 500 acres.
It is burning in the Merced Canyon, and has been named the “El Portal Fire.”
The closure of Highway 120, between Crane Flat and the Highway 120/140 junction has been ordered. The community of Foresta has been ordered evacuated.
Many resources have been ordered to attack the fire: ground crews, air craft, and helicopters. More resources will arrive throughout the evening.

Khanom.. this is what I have from a friend in the Park. 140 is not closed. Roads off of it are closed and 120 is closed from the intersection of 140 to crane flat. So one can't get to the meadows from the valley or exit out your way from the valley.

this is the information on road closures from the sierra runtimes..

Road Closure Information 7/26/2014 18:30
Hwy 140 through Yosemite National Park is Open.
Foresta Rd is closed at Hwy 140
Crane Creek Rd is closed at Hwy 140
Hwy 120 closed at Hwy 140
Hwy 120 closed at Crane Flat

Trad climber
Jul 26, 2014 - 10:32pm PT
good luck, sully.

went through the soft evac/hard evac last year.

the sheriff's live feed is worth keeping on. cant trust everything you hear on it, cuz they're talking in real time

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jul 26, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
An El Portal friend took this picture today from Glacier point rd. and looking toward Merced canyon and Foresta..
I heard through FB, that my friends homes in Foresta are safe.. so far.....
Hoping the best for the Foresta community.

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jul 26, 2014 - 11:43pm PT
yes, it's looking intense...
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Jul 27, 2014 - 12:01am PT
The silver lining on this thing is that daytime temps will be going down over the next few days, winds are light to moderate, and the humidity is going up. There's even a slight chance of precip on Monday.


Social climber
Jul 27, 2014 - 12:26am PT
hey there say, does anyone know if lynda's in el portal is okay???

i will look, for any reports, or for facebook and email,

i had been off line, with my grandson here...

oh my, very sad to hear this...
nita, good to hear that so far, foresta is okay...

i have a friend in the sand fire area and am praying for him
and his lively hood, etc...

did not know how bad these have gotten, was hoping folks would
not need to evac...

sully, dear gal, watching another's home and critters, huge huge
responsibility, and am wishing and praying all the best, best, for

hard, the horses... :(

DMT, are you well, so far, there??
will backtrack and read...

Gym climber
Jul 27, 2014 - 12:30am PT

Live feed:

fingers crossed...
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