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King Fire Update!!
The fire is now being reported as 92% contained there are still pockets of smoldering trees well away from the containment lines. The over 8000 fire personnel has been reduced to 3400 - still a lot of people power but far less than at the height The structures lost is up to 80 but last I read only 10 or so of those are homes. The acreage burned has topped 97,000 (compare that to Lake Tahoe at 120,000 acres). Mopping up and plans for re-forestation and flood control will continue.
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On Saturday September 13, 2014 a small fire was intentionally set in the pine forested Sierra Nevada mountains near the small town of Pollock Pines CA. The fire, on the first day was a measly 40 acres or so, but on Sunday the 14th the wind kicked in and the fire exploded in the tinder dry trees. California is in its 3rd year of drought and everything will burn. For fire maps and more information check out The YubaNet online paper yubanet.com/nevada/King.php – it has been a literal life saver for many people who were in the way of this monster.
My family does not live within the danger zone but several friends like and her family do. They have lived with the threat of evacuation, having gotten the “voluntary” call on the 4th day of the fire.
The winds and dry conditions had the fire moving so rapidly that it moved over 15 miles in the course of ONE night! Thousands of people have been evacuated and the fire is threatening homes and whole towns. Smoke from the fire can be seen by satellite and has been blown up into Wyoming and Idaho.
The fire has grown so large and long that it has been split into two different zones to facilitate shorter times for the crews to reach their places of battle. The mountain terrain is steep and the few roads that exist are narrow and winding.
We have more than doubled the population of many of these towns with out-of-town and out-of-state fire personnel and are we grateful to them!! Over 8000 men and women, the largest support gathering ever.
At this moment – Thursday September 25, 2014 the fire has burned over 95,350 acres, 69 homes and out buildings have been destroyed (the total will rise when it is safe to go into the burned areas). For more than a week the fire was burning so hot and fast they couldn't stay ahead of it and it remained only 5% contained. We've had a little bit of rain in the last few days and are glad to see the containment has risen to 43%, but a return to the seasonal weather pattern can quickly change that.
While California is “made to burn” - many of its plants even require the heat and clearing of timber that occurs to be able to grow - we have buried our homes deep into the danger zones so sadly this will not be the last Monster fire...
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