King fire fully contained, fire recovery workshop set

The King fire, which started Sept. 13 in El Dorado County, was reported 100 percent contained Thursday as officials turn their attention to post-fire recovery.

Laurence Crabtree, forest supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest, thanked partner agencies and the community for their support during the fire, which burned 97,717 acres.

“This unprecedented event has tested our expertise and expanded our abilities to work with each other,” Crabtree said in a written statement. “We have seen the community come together to show their support in many touching ways.”

Even though the fire is fully contained, officials cautioned that it is not “out.” People can expect to see smoke from the interior of the fire area until there is significant rain or snowfall. A Burned Area Emergency Response Team is assessing post-fire threats to life, safety, property, and critical natural and cultural resources in the national forest, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.

The University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra also announced a workshop to discuss resources for private landowners recovering from wildfire. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at Pleasant Valley Grange, 4765 Pleasant Valley Road, southeast of Placerville.

The workshop is designed for woodland and forest landowners affected by the Sand and King fires and anyone interested in the future of forests after wildfire, as well as staff members and decision-makers with state, local, federal and tribal agencies concerned with forest management, defensible space and water quality.

The objective is to increase understanding of the role of wildfire in forest development and change, post-fire issues and treatment options, and to provide information on post-fire treatment cost-share programs, tax issues and professional assistance for post-fire treatments for private landowners, according to a news release.

Workshop details and registration are available at http://ucanr.edu/postfireworkshop.

For more information, contact Susie Kocher at (530) 542-2571 or sdkocher@ucanr.edu.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.