El Dorado County Visitors Authority
Apples ready to pick on Apple Hill. (CC) Scott Schrantz
is helping to get the word out that their towns and businesses are open for business during the King Fire that is currently burning in parts of the county. “Visitors need to know that the Farms & Ranches of the Apple Hill® have blue skies and sunshine the majority of the time. It is such a wonderful time of year and it shouldn’t be missed. This season is so important for all our businesses,” said Jody Franklin Executive Director of Tourism for the El Dorado County Visitors Authority.
El Dorado County has set up a King Fire Hot Line 530-642-7263 for visitors to receive accurate information about the fire and what remains open. Favorite family destinations like Gold Bug Park and Mine, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and Apple Hill® are open and ready for business. Restaurants and shops throughout the quaint historic Gold Rush town of Placerville are also open and look forward to serving visitors. Highway 50 is open both directions for visitors traveling from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. Historic Highway 49, running north and south through the Motherlode remains open to travelers exploring the Gold Country.
Businesses from El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Fair Play, Cool, Coloma and Georgetown, are open and many events are moving forward as planned. Travelers can find information on events, lodging and travel plans to El Dorado County at www.VisitElDorado.com
or call 800-457-6279.
Progress is being made in the King Fire in El Dorado County encompassing 89,574 acres of steep terrain in the Eldorado National Forest & Desolation Wilderness. Although the fire is still burning in the South Fork of the American River Canyon, Silver Creek Canyon, and the Rubicon Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines, it is currently 35% contained. The fire has crossed into Placer County and has burned onto the Tahoe National Forest. For complete information on the King Fire please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4108.