Thursday, September 18, 2014

King Fire Arson Arrest Made Suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37 [Picture]

King Fire Arson Arrest Made

King Fire Arson Suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman
Suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37 held for arson, deliberately setting the King Fire and was being held in lieu of $10-million bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.Wayne Allen Huntsman was arrested in Placerville after investigators interviewed numerous people and developed multiple leads, El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson told reporters at a midday news conference.

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.

It was revealed at the news conference that the fire was set near Pollock Pines in very steep terrain. A Calfire investigator was the first to find the origin of the fire and begin the investigatory process that led to Huntsman’s arrest.

Pierson said that law enforcement had been in contact with the suspect in the days prior to his arrest in Placerville.

Huntsman will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Friday in El Dorado Superior Court.


Officials would not say how they believe the fire was started, citing the ongoing investigation.
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  • Authorities Announced today that Wayne Allen Huntsman has been arrested for alleged deliberate arson in starting the
KING FIRE MEDIA BRIEFING 9/18/14 REGARDING ARSON ARREST
OSCC - SOUTH OPS

June Fire, CA-INF-001351, Mono County, June Lake Parking Lot, FRA
65 acres, 50% Contained
SoCal Type 2 team (Wakoski) assumed command.
Unified command with June Lake Fire Protection District, USFS-INF,
CHP, and Mono County Sheriff
Evacuations: 250 residences remain threatened with 150 people evacuated and 100 people in temporary shelters.
  • June mountain ski resort and the Owens River head water wilderness continues to be threatened. 
  • Power remains out to June Lake area as fire damaged transmission lines. Also impacted cell tower infrastructure.
  • WX: Temp 57°, RH 47%, Wind NW 5 mph.
  • For today’s operational period, Complete hose lay and begin mop up operations with Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources.

Courtney Fire, CA-MMU-016429, Madera County
320 acres, 80% Contained.

Type 1 IC (Drozen)
Notes: All evacuations have been lifted for the community of Bass Lake Heights.
  • Soft road closure in place for residents only on Rd 426 between 
  • Summit Rd & Rd 223
  • WX: Temp 72°, RH 66%, winds NW 10 mph 
  • Continued mop up. 
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources.
Silverado Fire, CA-CNF-2873, Orange County, FRA968 acres, 97% contained.
SO CAL Type 2 IMT (Garwood)
Notes:

  • The Silverado will transition back to the Forest this morning
  • The Close-out for Garwood’s IMT is at 0930 today.
  • Fire will be unstaffed during nighttime hours.
  • WX: Temp 71°, RH 68%, Wind S 3 mph.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources.
Meadow Fire, CA-YNP-00101, Mariposa County
4,772 acres, 80% contained.
Notes:

  • Type 3 IC (Speilman/ Loomis Trainee)
  • Ground resources continue to patrol fire.
  • Temp 67°, RH 54%, wind N 4 mph.
  • Commitment of Forest Service air and ground resources.

ONCC - NORTH OPS

Track 17 FireCA-SWR Track 17 Fire
500 acres burning in grass and brush, 75% contained.
Update 1230: 395 acres, 80% contained. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.
July ComplexCA-KNF July Complex, Klamath National Forest
50,042 acres, 98% contained.
Notes: Creeping and smoldering.
Happy Camp ComplexCA-KNF Happy Camp Complex: 125,788 acres, 68% contained. 
Notes:
  • Increased moisture resulted in decreased spread overnight.
  • Creeping and smoldering.
  • Precipitation occured over the fire area.

Boles FireCA-SKU Boles Fire
375 acres, 60% contained. 
Notes: Fire continued to smolder. Strong winds continue to make any smoldering material within 500' of the line a danger to renewed fire spread.

Irene Fire: CA-ENF Irene Fire
85 acres in brush, 0% contained. 
Notes: Main emphasis is to locate spot fires and mop-up the north side of the fire as it is holding most of the heat.

King FireCA-ENF King Fire
70,944 acres, 5% contained. 
Notes: The fire remained active overnight. Incident personnel determined that the fire made a run of over ten miles north between 1600 yesterday and 0600 this morning.

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CA-ENF King Fire 70,994 Acres, 5%. EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR [NEW PERIMETER MAPS]

King Fire Arson Arrest Made

King Fire Arson Suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman
King Fire Arson Suspect
 Wayne Allen Huntsman
Suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37 held for arson, deliberately setting the King Fire and was being held in lieu of $10-million bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Wayne Allen Huntsman was arrested in Placerville after investigators interviewed numerous people and developed multiple leads, El Dorado County Dist. Atty. Vern Pierson told reporters at a midday news conference.

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.

It was revealed at the news conference that the fire was set near Pollock Pines in very steep terrain. A Calfire investigator was the first to find the origin of the fire and begin the investigatory process that led to Huntsman’s arrest.

Pierson said that law enforcement had been in contact with the suspect in the days prior to his arrest in Placerville.

Huntsman will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Friday in El Dorado Superior Court.

Officials would not say how they believe the fire was started, citing the ongoing investigation.


Cal Fire News Story: http://calfire.blogspot.com/2014/09/king-fire-arson-arrest-made-suspect.html



Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/18/6717007/wayne-huntsman-king-fire.html#storylink=cpy


INCREDIBLE photo from last night of the pyrocumulus! Credit: Steve Ellsworth

UPDATE 9-18-14 1330: 70,994 Acres & 5% Contained
Extending the TFR 1 mile north of French Meadows Reservoir.
Per AA, north end of the fire is currently just south and west of Hell Hole Reservoir, and 2 miles south of French Meadows Reservoir.
No imminent threat to buildings and facilities at the reservoir, but requesting a strike team of engines for structure protection this afternoon and evening for Branch 6.

UPDATE 9-18-14 0830: 70,994 Acres & 5% Contained, growing 50,014 Acres in 24 hours, The fire remained active overnight. Incident personnel determined that the fire made a run of over ten miles north between 1600 yesterday and 0600 this morning.
Total Fire Personnel: 3,695 
Total Fire Engines: 299 
Total Fire crews: 88 
Total Helicopters: 15 
Total Dozers: 49 
Total Water Tenders: 68 
Conditions: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines.  the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville.
CA-ENF King Fire Hotpots and Perimeter Map

UPDATE 9-17-14 2030: King Fire on 11 pines road now according to cal fire at public meet last night. fire is moving mostly to the north, where it advanced several miles in some places. "A very active day."
 The fire is burning on steep hillsides in the south fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of Pollock Pines. The fire made a big move to the northwest, requiring authorities to evacuate the hamlets of Quintette and Volcanoville.
 A total of 2,000 single family residences are threatened. Another 1,500 other structures are also in danger.





Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2014/09/18/3545027_highway-50-closed-again-near-28000.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
UPDATE 9-17-14 1845: King Fire: 27,930 acres, 5% contained. This afternoon fire behavior became extreme with plume domination, crown runs and long range spotting. Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties
Evacuations: Note- The mandatory closure to all residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton has been changed to a voluntary advisory.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders are still in effect for the following areas:
Crystal Basin - Hwy 50 east of Fresh Pond to Icehouse, north on Icehouse Road to Wentworth Springs, west to just above Quintette, to include campgrounds and businesses. Union Valley Reservoir area, Yellow Jacket Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Stumpy Meadows Campground, Fashoda Campground, Big Hill Lookout Road, Big Hill Road, Blodgett Forest Road, Bridle Path Way, Forest Road, Frontier Road, Helix Flat Ave, Icehouse Road (west side), Jones Fork Power House Road, Middle Loop Road, Mosquito Road, Onion Valley Road, Outer Limits Lane, Little Silver Road, Loop road, Peavine Point Road, Peavine ridge Road, Plum Creek Road, Piolet Creek Road, Robbs Peak Road, Sand Mountain Road, SMUDEA (permittee site), Spring Road, Sunset Drive, Tricometric Trail, Wentworth Springs (south side, east of Pilot Creek Road), and 11 Pines Road.
 The entire community of Swansboro, north of the South Fork of the American River between Brushy Creek and Rock Creek.
 The eastside of Forebay Road from King of the Mountain Road to Pony Express Trail. All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay Road east through Bullion Bend. White Meadows Road and Spring Valley Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories - All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring. For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary. A Voluntary Evacuation Advisory is still in place for Volcanoville, Quintette, and residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road.

Evacuation Shelter Location: The evacuation center has been moved to the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church. The address is: 3520 Carson Road in Camino. Another Red Cross Evacuation center is located at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634.

Road Closures : Highway 50 is now open. Forebay Road at Blair Road and at Forebay Road at Pony Express Trail. 


King Fire Incident Information:

Acres Burned - Containment: 27,930 acres - 5% contained.
Structures Threatened: 2,007 single residences and 1,505 other minor structures
Date/Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE / USFS - El Dorado National Forest
County: El Dorado County
Location: Near Pollock Pines
Injuries: 2
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: EDSO, CHP, American Red Cross, Cal OES, El Dorado Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, PG&E, El Dorado County Animal Control, Sierra Pacific Industries.
Total Fire Personnel: 3,367
Total Fire Engines: 299
Total Fire crews: 88
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 49
Total Water Tenders: 68
Conditions: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. This afternoon the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville. 

More Inforormation: 
Phone Numbers (530) 647-5218 (King Fire Information Line)
For the latest evacuation, visit the King Fire Information page: https://www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CAL OES NEWS: State Operations Center(SOC) Activates in Full Support of the Statewide Fires

California OES announcement 

State Operations Center Activates in Full Support of the Statewide Fires

by  on September 16, 2014

Sacramento – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in support of the Inland Region Emergency Operations Center (REOC) and locals counties due to 11 fires currently burning throughout California.
More than 182,000 acres have been charred across the state fed by high temperatures, wind gusts and dry fuels significantly contributed by the ongoing drought. More than 4,000 heroic firefighters are helping combat the flames
While all the fires are our priority there are three of major concern due to the rapid rate of spread.
  • The Boles Fire in Siskiyou County began on Monday afternoon and spread rapidly destroying 150 homes and currently threatens 1,000 single residences and 100 non-residential commercial properties. This fire has also impacted the Roseburg Saw Mill Property and Weed Elementary School. It has burned 375 acres and is 20% contained.
  • The King Fire, which began early Sunday evening in El Dorado National Forest, has grown to 11,570 acres and is just 5 percent contained, threatening 500 single residences. There are now 640 mandatory evacuations and 627 voluntary evacuations. This fire is threatening SMUD, PG&E high voltage lines and El Dorado Irrigation District Infrastructure.
  • The Courtney Fire in Madera County spread from Oakhurst to the popular recreational area Bass Lake, burning 320 acres so far. More than 600 firefighters are struggling to cope with the blaze due to steep, rugged terrain and “extreme fire behavior conditions.” The fire already claimed 61 structures, including 33 homes, near Oakhurst, California, an area already reeling from a wildfire that destroyed eight structures in August. The fires have caused evacuations of approximately 600 people and is 40% contained.
In conjunction with Cal OES, several other state agencies, non-profit and private-sector partners are coordinating the response efforts to assist county and local governments with their needs. These include: the Department of General Services, The Department of Social Services, Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Food & Agriculture, the California Utilities Emergency Association, and the American Red Cross to assist in support of the statewide fires.
“There is a full team of personnel that is trained in emergency management, to support local governments as their needs arise,” said State Operations Center Director Lee Dorey. “Our focus is always on life safety, life sustainability, property and environmental protection.”
As of September 16, 2014 FEMA has approved two Fire Management Assistances Grants (FMAG) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to extinguish the Boles and Courtney fires.
An FMAG, provided through the President’s Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will enable local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire at the request of incident commanders to apply for a 75-percent reimbursement of costs related to mobilization, demobilization, travel and labor.  Equipment and supply use, administrative activities and other fire-related costs are also eligible for reimbursement.  Responding local, state and tribal agencies are responsible for the remaining 25 percent of their costs.
There is an existing gubernatorial proclamation approved by Governor Brown in support of the Northern California Wildfires dated August 2, 2014.
Additional information is available at:
  • Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
  • Cal OES Twitter @caloes
  • Incident Information Systems – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
  • Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – www.caloes.ca.gov
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Gov. Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from #FEMA #CaFire

Gov. Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA for CA Fire Agencies to Cover Costs of King Fire in El Dorado County

by Lilly Wyatt on September 17, 2014
Fighting the King Fire Courtesy Wes Schultz / Cal Fire

Sacramento – As high temperatures persist and firefighters continue battling wildfires throughout the state, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to extinguish the King Fire burning in El Dorado County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible response-related costs.

So far, the fire has consumed more than 18,000 acres, threatening structures and causing more than 1,400 evacuation in the following areas: Forebay, Pony Express Trail, White Meadows, Mosquito, Ice House/ Crystal Basin, Union Valley Reservoir, Yellow Jacket Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Stumpy Meadows Campground, Fashonda Campground, and Fresh Pond.

The grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

The King Fire’s dangerous rate of spread is threatening hundreds of homes with extreme fire behavior, while evacuations are ongoing. Around the rest of California, red flag warnings are in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern for local officials.

El Dorado County proclaimed a local emergency due the King Fire on September 15, 2014.

Two other Fire Management Assistance Grants have been approved for the Courtney Fire in Madera County and the Boles Fire in Siskiyou County since Saturday, September 14, 2014.

Additional information is available at:
Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES
Inciweb – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – www.caloes.ca.gov
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NEW WEB BASED SANTA ANA WILDFIRE THREAT INDEX MAP

SANTA ANA WILDFIRE THREAT INDEX


A web-based weather monitoring system designed to “quantify” the risks of wildfires during Santa Ana windstorms will equip first responders and the public with the information they need to be prepared for an emergency, officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the USFS's Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index is available 24/7 at http://psgeodata.fs.fed.us/sawti/
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CA-ENF- KING 27,930 acres 5%, MAPS / EVACUATIONS ONGOING / UPDATE

KING FIRE CA-ENF- KING

Update 1900: 27,930 acres 5% This afternoon fire behavior became extreme with plume domination, crown runs and long range spotting.
On scene photos from CHP Officer Mike Powers
38.782 latitude, -120.604 longitude 

Map data ©2014 Google

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King Fire Hotspot map
 King Fire Incident 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.

Special Announcements: Public Meeting - Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Georgetown Elementary School at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634.

Evacuations: 
Evacuations: 2,155 people
For a full list of the individual roads go to the Sheriff's blog at http://http://pio.edso.org/.[NEW] Shelter Location: Moved to the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.

Note- The mandatory closure to all residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton has been changed to a voluntary advisory.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders are still in effect for the following areas:

Still under Mandatory Evacuation: Forebay Road (north of Moon Lane), Homestead, Randolph Canyon Road

Crystal Basin - Hwy 50 east of Fresh Pond to Icehouse, north on Icehouse Road to Wentworth Springs, west to just above Quintette, to include campgrounds and businesses. Union Valley Reservoir area, Yellow Jacket Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Stumpy Meadows Campground, Fashoda Campground, Big Hill Lookout Road, Big Hill Road, Blodgett Forest Road, Bridle Path Way, Forest Road, Frontier Road, Helix Flat Ave, Icehouse Road (west side), Jones Fork Power House Road, Middle Loop Road, Mosquito Road, Onion Valley Road, Outer Limits Lane, Little Silver Road, Loop road, Peavine Point Road, Peavine ridge Road, Plum Creek Road, Piolet Creek Road, Robbs Peak Road, Sand Mountain Road, SMUDEA (permittee site), Spring Road, Sunset Drive, Tricometric Trail, Wentworth Springs (south side, east of Pilot Creek Road), and 11 Pines Road.

The entire community of Swansboro, north of the South Fork of the American River between Brushy Creek and Rock Creek.

All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay Road east through Bullion Bend. White Meadows Road and Spring Valley Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories - All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring. For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary. A Voluntary Evacuation Advisory is still in place for Volcanoville, Quintette, and residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road. - All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring. For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary. A Voluntary Evacuation Advisory is still in place for Volcanoville, Quintette, and residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road.
Forebay Area: Partial Re-Population - Forebay Road (south of Moon Lane), Alpine Villa Lane, Canyon Edge Road, Caprine Hill Trail, Cayman Court, Deep Haven Road, El Camino Drive, Flatlander Lane, Gail Court, Homestead, Katydid Lane, King of the Mountain Court, King of the Mountain Drive, Kodiak Trail, Moon Lane, Mountain Dew, Romer Boulevard, Sherman Court, Sherman Way, Sunshadow Drive, Terrace Drive

Pollock Pines schools are closed Wednesday.

Basic Information
Current as of 9/17/2014 1:53:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday September 13th, 2014 approx. 06:37 PM
Location Forebay road, Pollock Pines, CA
Incident Commander Unified Command

Current Situation
Total Personnel 2,466
Size 18,544 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%
Fuels Involved: Heavy timber, steep terrain
Significant Events
The fire remained moderately active throughout the night and morning. It became very active in the afternoon with spotting up to one half mile. There was also individual and group torching observed. The fire crossed over Brushy Creek and is backing into the wind towards the west. The fire produced a large column of smoke to the north of the fire but the smoke conditions prevented direct observation of the fire behavior.

Outlook/Planned Actions

Continue to construct, hold, and improve control lines on the south and west portions of the fire. Provide protection for the structures, infrastructure, habitat, and other values at risk. Identify and conduct indirect and direct control lines on the north and west portions of the incident as staffing and conditions allow, providing for firefighter and public safety first.
Projected Incident Activity

The fire is expected to spread to the east, north, and west. The fire has become well established in several canyon bottoms and has crossed over many of them and is burning up to the ridges. In addition, the down canyon winds are expected to return after 2000 hours which will push the fire further down the drainages.

Current Weather / Weather Concerns
Down Canyon winds were observed in the evening.
These down canyon winds are expected to reverse and become up canyon winds in the late morning to early afternoon. The wind is predicted to become a southwest wind in the mid to late afternoon with gusts between 15 and 20 on the ridge tops. Eddying created erratic winds in the steep perpendicular drainages. The strong, erratic winds, dry fuels, high temperatures (84-88), low humidity (18-23), and steep terrain combined to create extreme fire behavior. Temperatures tonight are expected to remain in the mid 60's, with humidity of 40 to 60 percent with the poorest recovery above the thermal belt. The fire is expected to remain relatively active throughout the night, especially at the upper elevations.
An upper low is expected to move overhead through the area on Thursday bringing a chance of Thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.
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