Drenching rains have doused the King Fire and brought much needed relief to the Lake Tahoe Region. The fire, which has been burning since September 13, is now 87% contained. Higher elevations around Tahoe also received their first snowfall of the year with 4 inches reported at Squaw Valley.
The first round of rain hit Squaw Valley on Thursday, September 25.
Fresh snow on Saturday morning.
King Fire as seen from Kings Beach.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The King Fire, which began over the weekend near Pollock Pines, CA has now exceeded 70,000 acres in size and entered into Placer County. Boosted by strong southwest winds, the fire more than doubled in size overnight Wednesday and is now reportedly only 12 miles from Tahoe City. Heavy smoke and ash poured into Squaw Valley by noon today. The fire is 5% contained and has nearly 4,000 firefighters on the scene. East winds are predicted for Friday which should help reverse the current track of the fire.
Squaw Valley at 1pm Thursday, September 18.
KT 22 on Thursday, September 18.
KT 22 on September 7.
Smoke from King Fire on Wednesday, September 17.