King Fire burns over 90,000 acres
On Saturday, September 13th, 2014, at approximately 1737 hours, the King Fire was allegedly intentionally set by 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman on the property of a home on King of the Mountain Road in Pollock Pines just east of Placerville, California.
Due to hot, dry conditions, and an ongoing drought, the fire was able to gain a foothold and spread rapidly to the north and northeast of Pollock Pines and into the EL Dorado National Forest.
As fire progressed into areas of rugged terrain, firefighters from all over California and as far away as Alaska and Florida converged on the region and set about working tirelessly to protect thousands of homes and other structures immediately threatened by the blaze.
Because of the sheer size of the incident and the over 8,000 personnel assigned, the incident was split into two zones, one to be managed by CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 and the other managed by a National Type 1 Interagency Incident Management Team (Team 1).
All of the ingredients were present for the King Fire to become the massive blaze it is today. From one of the most severe droughts on record to weather conditions punctuated by gusty winds and low relative humidities, firefighters have confronted nonstop challenges in attempting to gain the upper hand on a disaster that has forced large numbers of residents in the area to seek temporary shelter well away from the affected area.
As of this writing, Thursday, September 25th, weather conditions over the King Fire have improved with the area receiving some precipitation from an early autumn cold front that is swinging through the area and moderating fire behavior.Are you a member of the fire service? If you are interested in acquiring photos, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know what you are interested in. It is my privilege to provide photography, at no charge, to the men and women that serve our communities. Thanks for visiting craig allyn rose photography.
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