Thursday, September 18, 2014

CA-ENF King Fire 27,930 acres, 5%. EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR [NEW PERIMETER MAP] Mandatory Evacuation Orders

King Fire CA-ENF King Fire
CA-ENF King Fire Hotpots and Perimeter Map
UPDATE 2030: King Fire on 11 pines road now according to cal fire at public meet tonight. firemoving mostly to the north, where it advanced several miles in some places. "A very active day."UPDATE 1845: King Fire: 27,930 acres, 5% contained. This afternoon fire behavior became extreme with plume domination, crown runs and long range spotting. Gov. Brown declares state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties
Evacuations: Note- The mandatory closure to all residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton has been changed to a voluntary advisory.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders are still in effect for the following areas:
Crystal Basin - Hwy 50 east of Fresh Pond to Icehouse, north on Icehouse Road to Wentworth Springs, west to just above Quintette, to include campgrounds and businesses. Union Valley Reservoir area, Yellow Jacket Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Stumpy Meadows Campground, Fashoda Campground, Big Hill Lookout Road, Big Hill Road, Blodgett Forest Road, Bridle Path Way, Forest Road, Frontier Road, Helix Flat Ave, Icehouse Road (west side), Jones Fork Power House Road, Middle Loop Road, Mosquito Road, Onion Valley Road, Outer Limits Lane, Little Silver Road, Loop road, Peavine Point Road, Peavine ridge Road, Plum Creek Road, Piolet Creek Road, Robbs Peak Road, Sand Mountain Road, SMUDEA (permittee site), Spring Road, Sunset Drive, Tricometric Trail, Wentworth Springs (south side, east of Pilot Creek Road), and 11 Pines Road.
 The entire community of Swansboro, north of the South Fork of the American River between Brushy Creek and Rock Creek.
 The eastside of Forebay Road from King of the Mountain Road to Pony Express Trail. All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay Road east through Bullion Bend. White Meadows Road and Spring Valley Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories - All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring. For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary. A Voluntary Evacuation Advisory is still in place for Volcanoville, Quintette, and residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road.

Evacuation Shelter Location: The evacuation center has been moved to the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church. The address is: 3520 Carson Road in Camino. Another Red Cross Evacuation center is located at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634.

Road Closures : Highway 50 is now open. Forebay Road at Blair Road and at Forebay Road at Pony Express Trail. 


King Fire Incident Information:

Acres Burned - Containment: 27,930 acres - 5% contained.
Structures Threatened: 2,007 single residences and 1,505 other minor structures
Date/Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE / USFS - El Dorado National Forest
County: El Dorado County
Location: Near Pollock Pines
Injuries: 2
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: EDSO, CHP, American Red Cross, Cal OES, El Dorado Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, PG&E, El Dorado County Animal Control, Sierra Pacific Industries.
Total Fire Personnel: 3,367
Total Fire Engines: 299
Total Fire crews: 88
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 49
Total Water Tenders: 68
Conditions: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. This afternoon the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville. 

More Inforormation: 
Phone Numbers (530) 647-5218 (King Fire Information Line)
For the latest evacuation, visit the King Fire Information page: https://www.facebook.com/KINGFIREPIO


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CAL OES NEWS: State Operations Center(SOC) Activates in Full Support of the Statewide Fires

California OES announcement 

State Operations Center Activates in Full Support of the Statewide Fires

by  on September 16, 2014

Sacramento – On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in support of the Inland Region Emergency Operations Center (REOC) and locals counties due to 11 fires currently burning throughout California.
More than 182,000 acres have been charred across the state fed by high temperatures, wind gusts and dry fuels significantly contributed by the ongoing drought. More than 4,000 heroic firefighters are helping combat the flames
While all the fires are our priority there are three of major concern due to the rapid rate of spread.
  • The Boles Fire in Siskiyou County began on Monday afternoon and spread rapidly destroying 150 homes and currently threatens 1,000 single residences and 100 non-residential commercial properties. This fire has also impacted the Roseburg Saw Mill Property and Weed Elementary School. It has burned 375 acres and is 20% contained.
  • The King Fire, which began early Sunday evening in El Dorado National Forest, has grown to 11,570 acres and is just 5 percent contained, threatening 500 single residences. There are now 640 mandatory evacuations and 627 voluntary evacuations. This fire is threatening SMUD, PG&E high voltage lines and El Dorado Irrigation District Infrastructure.
  • The Courtney Fire in Madera County spread from Oakhurst to the popular recreational area Bass Lake, burning 320 acres so far. More than 600 firefighters are struggling to cope with the blaze due to steep, rugged terrain and “extreme fire behavior conditions.” The fire already claimed 61 structures, including 33 homes, near Oakhurst, California, an area already reeling from a wildfire that destroyed eight structures in August. The fires have caused evacuations of approximately 600 people and is 40% contained.
In conjunction with Cal OES, several other state agencies, non-profit and private-sector partners are coordinating the response efforts to assist county and local governments with their needs. These include: the Department of General Services, The Department of Social Services, Department of Water Resources, State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Food & Agriculture, the California Utilities Emergency Association, and the American Red Cross to assist in support of the statewide fires.
“There is a full team of personnel that is trained in emergency management, to support local governments as their needs arise,” said State Operations Center Director Lee Dorey. “Our focus is always on life safety, life sustainability, property and environmental protection.”
As of September 16, 2014 FEMA has approved two Fire Management Assistances Grants (FMAG) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to extinguish the Boles and Courtney fires.
An FMAG, provided through the President’s Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will enable local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire at the request of incident commanders to apply for a 75-percent reimbursement of costs related to mobilization, demobilization, travel and labor.  Equipment and supply use, administrative activities and other fire-related costs are also eligible for reimbursement.  Responding local, state and tribal agencies are responsible for the remaining 25 percent of their costs.
There is an existing gubernatorial proclamation approved by Governor Brown in support of the Northern California Wildfires dated August 2, 2014.
Additional information is available at:
  • Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
  • Cal OES Twitter @caloes
  • Incident Information Systems – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
  • Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – www.caloes.ca.gov
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Gov. Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from #FEMA #CaFire

Gov. Brown Secures Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA for CA Fire Agencies to Cover Costs of King Fire in El Dorado County

by Lilly Wyatt on September 17, 2014
Fighting the King Fire Courtesy Wes Schultz / Cal Fire

Sacramento – As high temperatures persist and firefighters continue battling wildfires throughout the state, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to extinguish the King Fire burning in El Dorado County. The FMAG also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible response-related costs.

So far, the fire has consumed more than 18,000 acres, threatening structures and causing more than 1,400 evacuation in the following areas: Forebay, Pony Express Trail, White Meadows, Mosquito, Ice House/ Crystal Basin, Union Valley Reservoir, Yellow Jacket Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Stumpy Meadows Campground, Fashonda Campground, and Fresh Pond.

The grant, which is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on a cost-share basis, will assist local, state and tribal agencies responding to the fire to apply for 75-percent reimbursement of their eligible fire suppression costs.

The King Fire’s dangerous rate of spread is threatening hundreds of homes with extreme fire behavior, while evacuations are ongoing. Around the rest of California, red flag warnings are in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern for local officials.

El Dorado County proclaimed a local emergency due the King Fire on September 15, 2014.

Two other Fire Management Assistance Grants have been approved for the Courtney Fire in Madera County and the Boles Fire in Siskiyou County since Saturday, September 14, 2014.

Additional information is available at:
Fire Management Assistance Grants – http://bit.ly/10v6hjJ
Cal OES Twitter @Cal_OES
Inciweb – http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – www.caloes.ca.gov
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NEW WEB BASED SANTA ANA WILDFIRE THREAT INDEX MAP

SANTA ANA WILDFIRE THREAT INDEX


A web-based weather monitoring system designed to “quantify” the risks of wildfires during Santa Ana windstorms will equip first responders and the public with the information they need to be prepared for an emergency, officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the USFS's Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index is available 24/7 at http://psgeodata.fs.fed.us/sawti/
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CA-ENF- KING 27,930 acres 5%, MAPS / EVACUATIONS ONGOING / UPDATE

KING FIRE CA-ENF- KING

Update 1900: 27,930 acres 5% This afternoon fire behavior became extreme with plume domination, crown runs and long range spotting.
On scene photos from CHP Officer Mike Powers
38.782 latitude, -120.604 longitude 

Map data ©2014 Google

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CA-ENF- KING GOOGLE MAP


King Fire Hotspot map
 King Fire Incident Overview

The King Fire is currently located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River north of the community of Pollock Pines.

Special Announcements: Public Meeting - Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Georgetown Elementary School at 6530 Wentworth Springs Road, Georgetown, CA 95634.

Evacuations: 
Evacuations: 2,155 people
For a full list of the individual roads go to the Sheriff's blog at http://http://pio.edso.org/.[NEW] Shelter Location: Moved to the Camino Seventh-day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.

Note- The mandatory closure to all residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton has been changed to a voluntary advisory.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders are still in effect for the following areas:

Still under Mandatory Evacuation: Forebay Road (north of Moon Lane), Homestead, Randolph Canyon Road

Crystal Basin - Hwy 50 east of Fresh Pond to Icehouse, north on Icehouse Road to Wentworth Springs, west to just above Quintette, to include campgrounds and businesses. Union Valley Reservoir area, Yellow Jacket Campground, Wolf Creek Campground, Stumpy Meadows Campground, Fashoda Campground, Big Hill Lookout Road, Big Hill Road, Blodgett Forest Road, Bridle Path Way, Forest Road, Frontier Road, Helix Flat Ave, Icehouse Road (west side), Jones Fork Power House Road, Middle Loop Road, Mosquito Road, Onion Valley Road, Outer Limits Lane, Little Silver Road, Loop road, Peavine Point Road, Peavine ridge Road, Plum Creek Road, Piolet Creek Road, Robbs Peak Road, Sand Mountain Road, SMUDEA (permittee site), Spring Road, Sunset Drive, Tricometric Trail, Wentworth Springs (south side, east of Pilot Creek Road), and 11 Pines Road.

The entire community of Swansboro, north of the South Fork of the American River between Brushy Creek and Rock Creek.

All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay Road east through Bullion Bend. White Meadows Road and Spring Valley Road.

Voluntary Evacuation Advisories - All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring. For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary. A Voluntary Evacuation Advisory is still in place for Volcanoville, Quintette, and residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road. - All evacuations have been lifted for the communities of Gold Ridge and Lakewood Spring. For residences south of Highway 50 between Fresh Pond and Riverton the advisory has been downgraded to voluntary. A Voluntary Evacuation Advisory is still in place for Volcanoville, Quintette, and residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road.
Forebay Area: Partial Re-Population - Forebay Road (south of Moon Lane), Alpine Villa Lane, Canyon Edge Road, Caprine Hill Trail, Cayman Court, Deep Haven Road, El Camino Drive, Flatlander Lane, Gail Court, Homestead, Katydid Lane, King of the Mountain Court, King of the Mountain Drive, Kodiak Trail, Moon Lane, Mountain Dew, Romer Boulevard, Sherman Court, Sherman Way, Sunshadow Drive, Terrace Drive

Pollock Pines schools are closed Wednesday.

Basic Information
Current as of 9/17/2014 1:53:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday September 13th, 2014 approx. 06:37 PM
Location Forebay road, Pollock Pines, CA
Incident Commander Unified Command

Current Situation
Total Personnel 2,466
Size 18,544 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 5%
Fuels Involved: Heavy timber, steep terrain
Significant Events
The fire remained moderately active throughout the night and morning. It became very active in the afternoon with spotting up to one half mile. There was also individual and group torching observed. The fire crossed over Brushy Creek and is backing into the wind towards the west. The fire produced a large column of smoke to the north of the fire but the smoke conditions prevented direct observation of the fire behavior.

Outlook/Planned Actions

Continue to construct, hold, and improve control lines on the south and west portions of the fire. Provide protection for the structures, infrastructure, habitat, and other values at risk. Identify and conduct indirect and direct control lines on the north and west portions of the incident as staffing and conditions allow, providing for firefighter and public safety first.
Projected Incident Activity

The fire is expected to spread to the east, north, and west. The fire has become well established in several canyon bottoms and has crossed over many of them and is burning up to the ridges. In addition, the down canyon winds are expected to return after 2000 hours which will push the fire further down the drainages.

Current Weather / Weather Concerns
Down Canyon winds were observed in the evening.
These down canyon winds are expected to reverse and become up canyon winds in the late morning to early afternoon. The wind is predicted to become a southwest wind in the mid to late afternoon with gusts between 15 and 20 on the ridge tops. Eddying created erratic winds in the steep perpendicular drainages. The strong, erratic winds, dry fuels, high temperatures (84-88), low humidity (18-23), and steep terrain combined to create extreme fire behavior. Temperatures tonight are expected to remain in the mid 60's, with humidity of 40 to 60 percent with the poorest recovery above the thermal belt. The fire is expected to remain relatively active throughout the night, especially at the upper elevations.
An upper low is expected to move overhead through the area on Thursday bringing a chance of Thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.
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CA-ENF King Fire: 18,544 acres, 5% contained [MAP] / PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

King FireCA-ENF King Fire El Dorado National Forest
18,544 acres, 5% contained.
Update 0600: The King Fire is currently located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River northeast of the community of Pollock Pines. Fire is currently traveling east/northeast with a rapid rate of spread. Poor overnight humidity recovery above 3,000' allowed the fire to remain active on ridges and upper plateaus. Down canyon winds pushed fire down drainage's.
KING FIRE HOTSPOT AND PERIMETER MAP
KING FIRE HOTSPOT AND PERIMETER MAP
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuation Orders are in place for the following: Eastside of Forebay road from King of the Mountain Road to Pony Express Trail.
All roads north of Pony Express Trail from Forebay road east through Bullion Bend.
White Meadows road and Spring Valley Road. 
Voluntary Evacuation Advisories are in place for residents located west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. Additional Voluntary Evacuations Advisories are in place for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek court, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Court, and Baltimore Road.Shelter 
Evacuation Shelter Location: Sierra Ridge Middle School, 2701 Amber Trail, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
DC10 on the King fire yesterday - Photographer Unknown
KING FIRE PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
King Fire public meeting tonight, Wednesday, at the Georgetown Elementary School, 6530 Wentworth Springs Road at 6:30 p.m. ElDorado National Forest, Incident Management Team and El Dorado County Sheriff's personnel will give an overview of the fire and answer questions from the public.
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Yosemite Fires News & Notes #MeadowFire 4,772 Acres 80% and (NEW) #DoubleRockFire #LembertFire #Cathedralfire #CaFire

Dramatic photo of the in National Park Credit: Susan Holt.
Yosemite Fire News and Notes: A new fire, Double Rock, was found September 16. It is approximately 7 miles east of White Wolf and near the source of Morrison Creek. This is a high elevation fire at approximately 8,750', smoldering in brush, down logs and snags and is estimated to be one acre in size. 

The Lembert and Cathedral fires in the Tuolumne Meadows area have become more active due to windy conditions at ridge tops and near the Sierra Nevada crest. Consequently, smoke has become more visible.

The Meadow Fire has been converted to a smaller Type 3 organization and will be monitored by wilderness fire modules. 


Meadow Fire - CA-YNP-Meadow
MEADOW FIRE INFORMATION

Final Update #8 Tuesday, September 16, 2014/Time: 8:00 AM
This will be the last update produced by the South Central Sierra Interagnecy Incident Management Team. 

Incident StaticsAcres Burned: 4,772 

Containment: 80%

Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Damaged: 0
Fire Start Date: July 19, 2014 Injuries: 2
Fire Discovered: 8/15/14 Total Personnel: 328
Fire Cause: Lightning Cost to date: $4.9 million
Est. Containment: 9/21/14

Summary
Location: The Fire is located within the designated wilderness of the Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County and is currently within Little Yosemite Valley between Half Dome and Mount Starr King on both sides of the Merced River.
Notes:
  • The fire spread significantly due to a wind event which occurred on September 7, 2014.
  • In Yosemite National Park, fire managers operate within the federal guidelines to assess new naturally
  • caused fires, long enough to determine the threat or benefit the fire may or may not have on the parks ecology. Most fires within the Yosemite National Park naturally burn themselves out. Only a small number of fires show potential for large fire growth and fire suppression action is needed to mitigate the threat to resources. Fire is an important component to the health of the parks sensitive ecology.
  • Recreation and businesses remain open in the Yosemite National Park except trail areas listed below.
Fire Update
Firefighter and public safety remains the highest priority. Fire crews are being sensitive to environmental and cultural resources in and around the fire area.

Last night’s infrared flight indicates numerous isolated heat sources within the fires perimeter. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up hot spots near containment lines.

Air quality continues to increase as fuels are consumed.

Due to the extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, some fire crews will remain spiked in the wilderness to continue suppression and mop up efforts.

Fire crews were very successful with their efforts to utilize Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (M.I.S.T). Fire crews utilized natural barriers such as, rock to rock, rock to domes, decomposed granite (DG) to sparse fuels to confine and contain the fire. Crews continue to work hard in maintaining natural habitat in the wilderness and are diligently working to limit the foot print the suppression effort may cause.

The South Central Interagency Incident Management Team transitioned the management of the fire back to the Yosemite National Park Type 3 Incident Management.

The trail to Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley is open to day-use only. No overnight camping in any areas impacted by the fire is permitted.

The fire continues to effect popular hiking areas in Yosemite National Park and trail closures still remain in effect.

Smoke from the Meadows Fire could continue to impact visitors, campers and employees overnight and in the early morning hours in Yosemite Valley.

Fires can produce heavy smoke that blows down into Yosemite Valley. Be prepared for smoke in the unhealthy AQI range normally worse in the mornings with some clearing in the afternoon hours.

Information for schools can be found on this site and links to current air quality updates for this incident will be posted on the California Smoke Information blog.

Trail Closures

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):

  • Little Yosemite Valley (closed to overnight use)
  • The John Muir Trail between Little Yosemite Valley and Sunrise High Sierra Camp
  • Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers’ camps
  • The Sunrise Trail south of the Tenaya Lake Trail Junction
  • Clouds Rest and Sunrise Lakes
Cooperating agencies include: U.S. Forest Service, National Weather Service and California Conservation Corp.

For More Information:
Fire information: gary_wuchner@nps.gov
Fire Information call center: (209) 372-0327; 372-0328; and, 372-0329.
For Yosemite air quality data and webcams: www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/aqmonitoring.htm
For smoke updates: www.californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com
Yosemite National Park Web page: http://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/fireinfo.htm





























Meadow Fire Safety Closures Update





September 16, 2014 Posted by: Yosemite Fire Information


Containment of the Meadow Fire continues to grow allowing some areas to be re-opened. However, the fire is still active and fire crews are working in the area. In order to maintain the safety of park visitors and allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is designating a portion of Yosemite Wilderness as closed. The area will be closed until further notice is given.

By order of the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1):




The area marked as closed on the accompanying map entitled Meadow Fire Safety Closure dated September 15, 2014.

Features and facilities within the area include, but are not limited to:



The John Muir Trail between the Clouds Rest Junction and Sunrise HSC.
Sunrise and Merced Lake High Sierra Camps and backpackers’ camps.
The Sunrise Trail to Clouds Rest through to the John Muir Trail junction.
Sunrise Lakes.




These trails and areas are open:



Little Yosemite Valley Campground (LYV)
The Mist, Panorama and Half Dome Trails and all climbing routes on Half Dome.
Vogelsang Backpackers’ Camp.
The Tenaya Lake Trail

map showing closed trails, as described above
CA-YNP Meadow Fire Perimeter Map



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