Homewood's mountain and trails CLOSED due to King Fire
The King Fire, currently burning southwest of Lake Tahoe, has recently led to closure of El Dorado National Forest trailheads and threatens thousands of structures in the path of the fire. Due to the fire danger and smoke currently blanketing the resort, Homewood's mountain and trails have been CLOSED to public access.
View the smoke infiltration in the Tahoe Basin via Homewood's mid-mountain web cam.
We will also try to update the Homewood homepage with King fire information relevant to the West Shore community, so feel free to check back here for updates and links to fire information.
Local Meetings & Community Information
On Tuesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. there will be two community meetings. For the north portion of the fire, there will be a meeting held at Olympic Village Lodge at 1901 Chamonix in Olympic Village. The second location will be for the south portion of the fire at the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road in Camino.
On Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. community meetings will be held in Tahoe City at North Tahoe High School, 2945 Polaris Road and at Foresthill High School, 23319 Foresthill Road in Foresthill. These meetings will provide the public with up-to-date information and answer questions about the fire.
A Fire Information call center has been established at the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest to assist citizens in the area with questions pertaining to the King Fire. The number to contact is 530-587-9096.
King Fire links & info
YubaNet.com offers ongoing updates and maps of the King Fire.
The InciWeb incident information system website also has ongoing King Fire coverage.
King Fire map courtesy of MappingSupport.com, with embedded weather and wind information.
North Tahoe Fire Protection District: (Updated 9/23/2014 at 17:00) The North Tahoe Fire Protection District is still reporting that the King Fire is not an immediate threat to the Tahoe basin. However, a Red Flag warning has been issued for the Lake Tahoe Basin tomorrow. A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid propagation. After drought conditions, and when humidity is very low, and especially when high or erratic winds which may include lightning are a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies. These agencies often alter their staffing and equipment resources dramatically to accommodate the forecast risk. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.
Due to the fact that the King Fire has shown high growth rates in existing conditions, North Tahoe Fire is asking its residents and visitors to make sure they have an evacuation plan ready to go. The King Fire as at this time is not a threat to our area but now is a good time to have a plan ready, in case it does reach the Lake Tahoe Basin. Please go to the "Ready Set Go" website for more information on wildfire preparation planning. We also encourage citizens to follow us on Facebook as we will update the King Fire situation as it evolves. View additional updates on the North Tahoe Fire Facebook page.
U.S. Forest Service: (Updated 9/23/2014 at 17:00) Due to the uncertain path of the King Fire, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has closed the McKinney Rubicon Trail and is advising against travel into the Desolation or Granite Chief wildernesses. The Eldorado National Forest has issued a forest closure for its Desolation Wilderness trails and trailheads. In particular, hikers and equestrians should consider cancelling plans for overnight travel into the Desolation and Granite Chief wildernesses. For more information, contact the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor’s office at (530) 543-2694 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/ltbmu.
Guest Services & Season Pass Center
The Homewood Guest Services & Season Pass Center is typically open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as intermitantly on weekends during the summertime. You can also call 530-525-2992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.