|King fire shows no signs of slowing|
|At nearly 19K acres, the King fire in El Dorado County is showing no signs of slowing down as it traverses rough terrain and grows with the assistance of strong winds.
Since the start on Sept. 13, flames have claimed more than 18,544 acres of El Dorado County National Forest land.
A massive column of smoke has been increasingly visible from many viewpoints in the Auburn area.
According fire officials, containment on the fire remains at five percent and continues to spread to the north, east and west at a rapid rate. [Article]|
|by EYRAGON EIDAM, Auburn Journal. 2014-09-18|
|New Health Advisories Issued Due To King Fire|
|The El Dorado County Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory and said they expect areas of the county will be affected by fire smoke for at least several days and likely longer.
But just where in the county the smoke is most prevalent, depends on fire activity, terrain, wind direction and weather.
El Dorado County air pollution officials say fine particles in the wildfire smoke can cause health issues, especially for children, the elderly and people with respiratory problems. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, KXJZ - Sacramento Public Radio. 2014-09-18|
|King Fire Overview|
|The King Fire is currently located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River north of the community of Pollock Pines.
Evacuations: To obtain the most current and accurate evacuation status and information go directly to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s blog and web page. The Sheriff’s office manages all evacuation activities for the county and is updating information as changes occur. To assist in this effort, the Chief Administrative Office of El Dorado County has set up a hotline and webpage.
The fire continued to burn actively throughout the night. However: due to the days extreme fire behavior, steep terrain, inaccessibility, variable wind direction, an darkness it was unsafe to approach the north portion of the fire to directly observe the fire behavior. Field observations, and Infrared imagery it was determined that the fire made a run of over ten miles t the north between the hours of 1600 and 0600. Spot fires were observed up to three miles ahead of the main fire front. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, Pine Tree. 2014-09-18|
|King Fire threatens El Dorado County water, power|
|Water and power to El Dorado County are threatened as the fire burns near a water flume. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, KCRA (Sacramento / Placer). 2014-09-18|
|King Fire in El Dorado County Explodes in Size; Police Make Arson Arrest|
|Update, 11:30 a.m.: A criminal complaint has been filed against Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, for willfully and maliciously starting the King Fire. His arraignment is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado County Superior Court. Read the district attorney’s filing.
Huntsman has four prior felony convictions, including assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully taking a vehicle.
The document lists as an aggravating factor the great bodily injury of a “firefighter, peace officer, or other emergency personnel.”
Bail has been set at 10 mln, according to multiple media reports. [Article]|
|by DAN BREKKE, KQED (Public Radio SF). 2014-09-18|
|California Gov. Brown declares state of emergency as wildfires rage|
|California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.
The emergency declarations cover El Dorado and Siskiyou counties, which have been ravaged by the King and Boles fires, respectively.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday granted a request for aid that can cover up to 75% of the state’s costs to fight the King fire; federal aid already had been approved for the Boles fire, as well as the Courtney fire in Madera County.
Combined, the three fires have burned nearly 100K acres. [Article]|
|by JOSEPH SERNA, Los Angeles Times. 2014-09-18|
|King Fire affects hydroelectric facilities, recreation areas|
|The King Fire burning through the Sierra Nevada has cut off electricity supplied by a number of hydroelectric reservoirs and likely also damaged a number of treasured recreation areas in the region.
Officials remain in the dark about much of the damage, as the fire continues to rage and access to many areas is simply not available. But early reports include damage to a power station operated by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which has cut off electricity delivery from the utility’s network of reservoirs in the Sierra. [Article]|
|by MATT WEISER, Sacramento Bee. 2014-09-18|
|Editorial: California’s fire problem is in our collective backyards|
|Fire has a tipping point in hot, dry weather. As the relative humidity drops – 22 percent is the magic number, according to fire officials – benign situations can morph into catastrophes.
A car with a hot engine parked near some dead brush, barbecue coals tossed into the trash, even a lawnmower hitting a rock during a California fire season can set off a conflagration. Three years of drought have just upped the ante.
Just last week in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon, a jerry-built garden fence made out of metal sheeting got so hot that it touched off a 1,600-acre brush fire.
Californians tend to think of this as a rural problem. It isn’t. This year’s fire fear isn’t just about Pollock Pines and Weed. [Article]|
|by EDITORIAL, Sacramento Bee. 2014-09-18|
|Man arrested for arson in King fire|
|An arrest has been made in the massive King fire that has destroyed 70,000 acres of forest and caused the evacuation of thousands.
State and county officials announced the arrest of Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, on suspicion of arson. He was taken into custody on Wednesday and booked into El Dorado County Jail.
The arrest was announced at a morning news conference in Camino attended by Calfire Director Ken Pimlott, U.S. Forest Service officials and the El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and Sheriff John D’Agostini.
“If the man is guilty I hope he goes to jail for a long time,” said El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Briggs. [Article]|
|by BILL LINDELHOF and SAM STANTON, Sacramento Bee. 2014-09-18|
|California wildfires: Pollock Pines threatened by fast-moving King Fire|
|WEED, Calif. (AP) -- Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.
Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the fire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento, bringing the number fighting the blaze to more than 2,500 personnel. That was an increase of about 1K from the previous day.
The fire grew by thousands of acres overnight and had burned through nearly 29 square miles. It was threatening 500 homes, at least some of which were under mandatory evacuation orders, and was just 5 percent contained. [Article]|
|by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News. 2014-09-18|
|Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in Siskiyou County|
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Gov. Jerry Brown today declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County because of the Boles Fire.
The declaration comes two days after the fire roared through Weed and destroyed at least 110 buildings in the town north of Mt. Shasta.
"The wildfires in Northern California serve as a reminder that dry conditions can be the precursor to devastating loss," Brown said in a statement. "Anne and I extend our deepest sympathies to those who have suffered such terrible losses in the fires."
The declaration also extends to El Dorado County, which is battling the 18K-acre Kings Blaze. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, Redding Record Searchlight. 2014-09-18|
|As smoke lingers, plans to rebuild Weed start to take shape|
|WEED, California - The town of Weed may never be the same in the aftermath of the Boles Fire, but with smoke still rising above the small mountain enclave a hazy path toward recovery has already started to emerge.
The federal government has stepped up to cover 75 percent of firefighting costs, but what assistance may be available for the hundreds of people burned out of their homes is still taking shape. [Article]|
|by CLAY DUDA, Siskiyou Daily News. 2014-09-18|
|How are crews attacking the King Fire?|
|On Wednesday, officials discussed how fire crews are trying to beat the King Fire in El Dorado County. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, KCRA (Sacramento / Placer). 2014-09-18|
|Fire rages in El Dorado County|
|While the Dog Bar fire in Nevada County no longer poses a threat to homes, the King fire raging in El Dorado County has required more mandatory evacuations and forced the closure of many roadways.
The Dog Bar fire, that consumed roughly 247 acres near the foothill town of Alta Sierra, was 90 percent contained as of press time Tuesday.
More than 12,500 acres have burned in the King Fire and containment remained at a mere five percent late Tuesday. [Article]|
|by PENNE USHER, Auburn Journal. 2014-09-17|
|King Fire In El Dorado County Continues To Grow; Section Of Hwy 50 Closed|
|UPDATED 10:20 P.M. - The King Fire continued to advance Tuesday night, forcing officials to close a stretech of Hwy 50 in both directions from Sly Park to Fresh Pond. Additional evacuations have been ordered, including for the entire community of Swansboro.
Cal Fire reports that 500 homes remain threatened by the fire. There are 2,466 personnel on the incident. [Article]|
|by PAULINE BARTOLONE, KXJZ - Sacramento Public Radio. 2014-09-17|
|Marin fire agencies send five engines to El Dorado County wildfire|
|Fire departments in Marin sent a five-engine "strike team" to help fight the King Fire in El Dorado County, said Novato fire Chief Mark Heine.
The participating fire departments were Novato, Marinwood, Larkspur, Southern Marin and Tiburon. Under the state's mutual aid program, crews can be committed for two weeks to an incident outside the home jurisdiction, Heine said.
As of Tuesday morning the fire had burned more than 11,000 acres near Pollock Pines at the edge of the Eldorado National Forest. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, Marin Independent Journal. 2014-09-17|
|Drought And Dry Lightning Have Made It A Long California Fire Season|
|Fires, mudslides and earthquakes are part of California life but residents might be wishing for a few more mudslides right about now. The temperature is nothing special but the worst drought in 20 years and dry lightning have meant an abundance of forest fires. [Article]|
|by STAFF REPORT, Almanac News. 2014-09-17|
|L.A. County board wades into debate on medical malpractice measure|
|Los Angeles County supervisors waded into a debate on the merits of a November ballot initiative that would raise the cap on medical malpractice claims for pain and suffering.
On Tuesday, the county board heard various viewpoints on the measure in advance of a vote next week on a resolution that would put the county on record opposing the initiative.
Proponents of Proposition 46 told the supervisors that the current 250K cap set in 1975 is out of date and has become an obstacle for accountability when fatal or life-altering medical errors are made. If voters approve it, the cap would rise to 1.1 mln. [Article]|
|by GARRETT THEROLF, Los Angeles Times. 2014-09-17|
|Another L.A. County sheriff's deputy is convicted in jail abuse scandal|
|A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a seventh sheriff's deputy of obstructing a federal civil-rights investigation into excessive force and corruption inside the Los Angeles County jails, delivering a victory to prosecutors as they continue their probe into the lockups.
Jurors deliberated for just over two hours before returning guilty verdicts on conspiracy and obstruction charges against Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy James Sexton, 29. The deputy stared straight down at a legal pad on the desk in front of him as the verdict was read, and the judge set his sentencing for December. Afterward, he calmly whispered to his tearful wife: "It's going to be OK." [Article]|
|by VICTORIA KIM, Los Angeles Times. 2014-09-17|
|Proposed rules extension for John Wayne Airport includes passenger, flight increases|
|The Orange County Airport Commission on Wednesday is expected to discuss a second extension of the agreement that governs parameters such as flight curfews, passenger limits and number of departures at John Wayne Airport. It includes proposed expansions of passengers and flights. [Article]|
|by EMILY FOXHALL, Orange County Register. 2014-09-17|