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Fire at a glance (numbers)

  • Incident Name: Caldor, Eldorado NF
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: ENF
  • Size (acres): 219,267
  • Percent Contained: 71%
  • Estimate of Containment: September 27, 2021
  • Personnel: 2,948
  • Structures Destroyed: 1,003

Caldor, Eldorado NF, USFS. Transfer of command from NIMO (Team 2), IMT 1 (Cal Fire Team 2) and IMT 1 (CA Team 4) to IMT 2 (CA Team 12) will occur today. Sixteen miles northeast of Plymouth, CA. Timber, light slash and brush. Active fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and backing. Several communities, numerous structures and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures in effect.

September 16, 2021 at 4:01 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in Amador County:

Zones 4A and 5A

• South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene Road, due east to the Amador/Alpine County line and from the Amador/Alpine County line north to Hwy 88.

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in Amador County:

Zones 4B and 5B

• South of Dufrene Road due east to the Amador/Alpine County line. West of the of the Amador/Alpine County line and north of the Amador/Calaveras County line. Concluding with a western border of Panther Creek Road.

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in Alpine County:

Zone 19 and 20

• Highway 88 Picket’s Junction south to Kirkwood and the Alpine/Amador County line.
• Wilderness and forested areas south of 88 and west of Blue Lakes.

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County: Zones referred on map as:

• SE Pollock
• Greater Grizzly
• Caldor
• Pipi
• Not including Grizzly Flats Proper

September 16, 2021 at 7:26 AM

West Zone: It was hazy across the fire area overnight as smoke from other fires drifted northward. The winds were generally light (5 to 10 mph) diurnal and drainage driven. Fuels will continue to smolder and creep in the surface fuels within the interior islands and pockets of timber. Increasing winds will raise the potential for more active fire behavior in the unburned islands and timber stringers. Areas of the fire have experienced needle and leaf drop which may allow creeping fire through this layer. Over the next operational period, fire fighters will look to continue to construct control lines and mitigate hazard in and around communities and roadways to “make safe” for repopulation efforts.

East Zone: Weather was favorable overnight, with cold and moderately humid conditions and winds from the south/southwest at gusts of up to 20 mph.

Overnight, firefighters continued to improve and secure contained sections of fireline, with the highest priorities being tactical patrol in populated areas to provide service should any heat or smoke remain, while holding and maintaining sections of line around Christmas Valley and Echo Lakes. Multiple crews remained spiked out near Echo Lakes and Caples Lake to provide ease of access for their shift.

Today, fire crews will continue to build containment on the fire by working west from Echo Lakes into Desolation Wilderness and continuing to construct line in the Trimmer Peak, Convict Meadows and Margaret Lake areas.

September 15, 2021 at 8:57 AM

West Zone: The fire remained active overnight as large diameter dead and downed trees continued to smolder, burn, and creep away from control lines. Firefighters will work diligently as more warm weather, southwest winds, and low humidity are expected over the next few operational periods. Crews will continue work along the northeast and southern edge of the fire perimeter mopping up and building more control line. Damage inspections is complete with 3,356 structures assessed.

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout Northern California, and strained firefighter resources throughout the country, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. The closure order can be found at https://tinyurl.com/USFSClosure.

East Zone: Winds along the ridges remained out of the southwest with gusts around 25 mph in the evening becoming southerly with gusts around 15 mph by the morning. Winds over the majority of the fire area become downslope as the sun sets with speeds around 3 to 5 mph. Overnight, the structure group located in Christmas Valley and Division AA continued to patrol, backhaul all unneeded supplies and remained available for calls for service. Division QQ patrolled and suppressed hot spots within the current footprint and mopped up to the degree it was safe to do so. Division PP worked through the night plumbing 2000 feet of hose line.

Today we anticipate warmer weather and dry conditions with afternoon gusts around 25 mph. Crews will be spiking out to Convict Meadows continuing operations in the area for the next few days. Liberty, PG&E and Cal Trans will continue to work in the area of Echo Summit. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up off highway 50 around Echo Summit and Strawberry.

September 14, 2021 at 9:35 AM

West Zone: Poor overnight RH recovery allowed for active fire behavior in some areas. Fuels continued to smolder and creep away from control lines. Large diameter dead and down fuels continued to smolder and burn. Steep and rugged terrain and critically dry fuel conditions have presented control challenges, slowing the construction of direct line in some areas. Firefighters will work diligently as more warm weather, southwest winds, and low humidity are expected over the next few operational periods. Crews will continue work along the northeast and southern edge of the fire perimeter mopping up and building more control line. Damage inspections is complete with 3,356 structures assessed.

East Zone: Winds last night were calm and out of the east, with occasional gusts to 15-20 mph. Firefighters continued to mop up and patrol the fire perimeter, especially in areas with any remaining hot spots or uncontained edges. Firefighters continued to ensure that the fire remained in its current footprint. Hose lines were pulled from contained sections of the fireline that have been patrolled heavily in recent days and have shown no heat or movement. In the Margret Lake area there was no forward progression of the fire overnight.

Today, line construction and mop up will continue on uncontained fire edges northwest of Caples Lake, on the east side of Trimmer Peak as well as on the isolated heat in and near Desolation Wilderness

September 13, 2021 at 8:18 PM

West Zone: The fire remained active throughout the day with continued warm and dry conditions. Active fire behavior with isolated torching was observed in the interior islands and pockets of timber. Steep and rugged terrain and critically dry fuel conditions have presented control challenges, slowing the construction of direct line in some areas. Firefighters will work diligently as more warm weather, southwest winds, and low humidity are expected over the next few operational periods. Crews will continue work along the northeast and southern edge of the fire perimeter mopping up and building more control line. Damage inspections is complete with 3,356 structures assessed.

East Zone: The area of Fallen Leaf Road from Tahoe Mountain Road to the end of Fallen Leaf Road is reduced to a warning. The privately owned residences are open to be occupied under this warning. The US Forest Service permitted residences must get an exemption permit from the US Forest Service prior to returning and that will likely be in the form of a day pass only.

Seasonably warm temperatures today with a daytime high of 80℉ and increasingly dry air. Southwest winds continued through the morning at 5-10 mph gusts and increased to 25 mph in the afternoon after becoming west winds.

Units assigned to Christmas Valley answered calls for service, responding to two calls reporting smoking logs well into the footprint. Crews continued to work at Trimmer Peak with the assistance of Air Support securing and tying in that line around the tip. Extensive mop up and line support was continued from Scout Peak South towards Strawberry. Air Support worked with ground units minimizing fire activity around the Margret Lake area.

Hotshot crews continued line construction around the spot fire near Sayles Canyon and will tie in with the established fire line. Teams continued to work on suppression repair efforts in the following locations: Christmas Valley, High Meadows, Old Pump Road, and Cold Creek. This operation will be ongoing and expand through areas of vulnerability.

September 13, 2021 at 1:01 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

• Christmas Valley- All residences accessed from Highway 89 south of Highway 50 in Meyers through Christmas Valley and including all of South Upper Truckee.

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County:

• Highway 89 North- All properties on the east (lake side) of Highway 89 extending north from the city limits to Emerald Bay. All properties on both sides of Highway 89 extending north from Emerald Bay through Tahoma. The National Forest is still closed and the area of Fallen Leaf Lake is still under an evacuation order.
• South Lake Tahoe City Limits described as, from the Nevada State line west along Highway 50 to the Tahoe airport. Highway 89 from the city northwest to the city’s edge at West Way. Also, Pioneer Trail from state line west to Al Tahoe Blvd.

September 13, 2021 at 6:42 AM

West Zone: The fire remained active overnight as large diameter dead and downed trees continued to smolder, burn, and creep away from control lines. Firefighters will work diligently as more warm weather, southwest winds, and low humidity are expected over the next few operational periods. Crews will continue work along the northeast and southern edge of the fire perimeter mopping up and building more control line. Damage inspections is complete with 3,356 structures assessed.

East Zone: Winds along the ridges remained out of the southwest with gusts around 25 mph in the evening becoming southerly with gusts around 15 mph by the morning. Winds over the majority of the fire area become downslope as the sun sets with speeds around 3 to 5 mph.

Overnight, the structure group located in Christmas Valley and Division AA continued to patrol, backhaul all unneeded supplies and remained available for calls for service. Division QQ patrolled and suppressed hot spots within the current footprint and mopped up to the degree it was safe to do so. Division PP worked through the night plumbing 2000 feet of hose line.

Today we anticipate warmer weather and dry conditions with afternoon gusts around 25 mph. Crews will be spiking out to Convict Meadows continuing operations in the area for the next few days. Liberty, PG&E and Cal Trans will continue to work in the area of Echo Summit. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up off highway 50 around Echo Summit and Strawberry.

September 12, 2021 at 11:50 AM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

Highway 50 from Ice House Road to 36 Mile Stone will be open. All areas north of the South Fork American River to Granite Springs Road between Ice House Road and 36 Mile Stone is changed from an Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Warning. This includes all residences south of Highway 50 and north of South Fork American River. Alder Ridge Road and Silver Fork Road will remain closed to the public. The National Forest lands north and south of Highway 50 are still under an Evacuation Order and closed to the public.

West Zone: The fire remained active overnight as interior fuel and downed timber continued to smolder and burn. Firefighters answered calls for service and mopped up heat that was detected near control lines. Southwest winds continue today through next week, challenging existing control lines and creating potential for additional fire growth. Today crews will continue work along the northeast and southern edges mopping up and tying in with exiting control line. Damage inspections is completed with 3,356 structures assessed.

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout Northern California, and strained firefighter resources throughout the country, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. The closure order can be found at https://tinyurl.com/USFSClosure.

East Zone: Conditions overnight were mild, and the southwest wind shifted to a south wind during the night. Fire behavior consisted of smoldering and creeping surface fires. Crews continued to patrol, hold, and improve fire lines from Trimmer Peak down to Highway 89. Structure protection group positioned in Christmas Valley patrolled and remained available for service calls. Hot spots in the area of Trimmer Peak have crews working and expanding the mop up depth adjacent to the fire line.

Today hotspots in the Trimmer Peak area will be a primary focus along with strengthening the line. Holding and securing Trimmer Peak down to Highway 89. Firefighters will also be assigned to assist the West Zone along Caples Creek to help tie in that line to Kirkwood. Hand line construction will continue south to Shortcake Spur. Hazard tree mitigation and chipping are expected to be completed in Christmas Valley as crews remove any remaining hose lines.

September 11, 2021 at 8:58 PM

West Zone: Fire activity increased in some areas due to warm and dry conditions. Firefighters mopped up interior heat and mitigated threats to existing containment lines. Work continued today in challenging terrain along the northeast and southern edges of the fire. Southwest winds and warm conditions are forecasted through the weekend into next week which create potential for additional fire growth. Tonight, firefighters will actively patrol the perimeter picking up spots and reinforcing control lines.

East Zone: At 3pm this afternoon the evacuation warning was lifted for the following communities located in Douglas County: Upper Kingsbury (South), Upper Kingsbury (North), Central Kingsbury and Lower Kingsbury. The area of Washoe Meadows (better known as North Upper Truckee) in El Dorado County was also downgraded to an evacuation warning late this afternoon.

Confidence in containment lines continued to expand as lines held after experiencing significant winds over the last two days allowing for a seven percent increase in Containment in the East Zone including some area south of Upper Echo Lake, between Luther Spire and Trimmer Peak and north of Caples Lake. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity have assisted suppression efforts, but next week’s forecast is for a dry and warm weather pattern with temperatures peaking in the 80’s.

Crews began backhauling, removing hose and equipment from containment lines that are now considered complete. Patrols continued looking for hot spots which can become very active when aligned with weather and terrain. Lines held through the day with mild creeping and smoldering; however, firefighters continued to work on the priorities in the following areas: Sayles Canyon, Strawberry Creek and Shortcake Spur where fire behavior was moderate throughout the day. Hand Crews were able to tie in with established dozer lines and natural barriers expanding containment lines. Liberty Utilities, Cal Trans and PG&E continued working with Fire Falling Crews and have removed hundreds of hazard trees in the Echo Summit and Johnson Pass area on Highway 50.

September 11, 2021 at 9:59 AM

West Zone: The fire remained active overnight, though minimal growth occurred across the fire area. Firefighters worked diligently mopping up heat in interior islands and answering calls for service. Southwest winds are forecasted through the weekend and create the potential for additional fire growth. Today firefighters will continue working along the northeast and southern edges to secure more control line and mop up. Crews and heavy equipment will remain in the Highway 50 corridor clearing hazard trees to ensure safe repopulation in the coming days. Damage inspections are 100% complete with 3,356 structures assessed.

East Zone: The Red Flag warning expired at 11:00 p.m. Friday, but gusty winds continued overnight near Caples Lake. Established fire lines throughout the East Zone held through the extreme wind event over the last 24 hours and current fire behavior is primarily interior creeping and smoldering. Crews patrolled, held, and improved lines through the night.

Today the active fire area north of Strawberry Creek is a high priority for firefighters and additional crews will be working alongside hotshots, dozers, and helicopters to complete line construction. Christmas Valley is holding well which has allowed teams to identify and remove compromised trees that threaten roads or structures. The goal is to expedite repopulation.

Crews will also continue to increase mop up depth adjacent to fire lines throughout the East Zone. PG&E, Cal Trans and Fire Crews are working together to remove hazard trees adjacent to Highway 50 coordinating efforts to expedite re-opening of this critical access route as soon as possible.

September 10, 2021 at 7:31 PM

West Zone: Despite recent precipitation, fire activity remained active throughout fire area. In addition to addressing the utility hazards across the incident, crews continue to mitigate approximately 5,000 hazard trees between Kyburz and Echo Summit in an effort to create an area safe for repopulation. Tonight, firefighters will actively patrol seeking out heat and continuing mop up. A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 11:00 p.m. for gusty winds. Damage inspections are 100% complete with 3,356 structures assessed.

East Zone: The Red Flag Warning kept fire crews on high alert throughout the day and prepared for initial attack in case the lightning ignited any new fires. Helicopters working on the Caldor Fire did support local fire agencies today, responding to five new fire starts which were all quickly contained. Although some rain did fall during the morning, the precipitation was barely measurable and did not put the fire out. The strong winds that accompanied the storms, gusts from 40 to 60 mph, quickly dried out fuels again and tested containment lines.

Additional resources joined yesterday’s forces north of Strawberry Creek to complete containment line and suppress several small spot fires in this area where the fire continues to be active due to heavy fuels (standing and downed dead trees killed prior to the fire). Hotshots also worked north of Luther Spire where fire behavior was testing the containment line. Fire Use Modules continued to complete hand line in the Wilderness and crews held line and mopped up adding depth around Lower and Upper Echo Lakes. Helicopters were able to fly much of today, helping extinguish hot spots and support ground efforts.

September 10, 2021 at 8:59 AM

Evacuation Orders downgraded to Evacuation Warning:

All areas east of Sly Park Road from Park Creek to Mormon Emigrant Trail & the Park Creek Mormon Emigrant Trail Intersection. This includes the Sly Park Recreation Area.

September 10, 2021 at 7:53 AM

West Zone: The fire continued to be active throughout the evening however, minimal growth occurred across the fire area. Minimal lightning activity was observed within the fire perimeter last night, though a large concentration of strikes occurred on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Firefighters will remain vigilant today as a Red Flag Warning has been issued for strong southwest winds and thunderstorms. Today crews will continue to reinforce containment lines ahead of forecasted southwest winds which are expected to increase fire activity. Damage inspections continue with approximately 99% of structures assessed.

East Zone: Firefighters focused on holding and securing containment lines as winds gusted up to 40 mph on ridge tops and 10 mph in the valleys overnight. Thunderstorms moved through the fire area around midnight and again at 5am, bringing some light to wetting rain, but minimal lightning. Crews monitored and increased line depth adjacent to Lower and Upper Echo Lakes, patrolled for areas of heat in Christmas Valley where felling crews worked throughout Thursday to remove hazard trees, and ensured the containment line north of Strawberry Creek held through the adverse weather.

Winds are expected to increase today and persist through tonight with gusts up to 60 mph on the ridges and 40 mph in the valleys resulting in more active fire behavior and creating greater potential for spotting in the very dry fuel outside the existing fire footprint. Today, firefighters will be working hard to secure lines in this high risk burn environment. In addition to initial attack on any new fire starts, crews will be constructing line between Scout Peak and Strawberry Creek utilizing dozers and hotshots. Wildland Fire Use Modules continue to install fire line within the Desolation Wilderness. Hand crews will also be increasing fire line depth throughout much of the East Zone to further secure containment lines. Numerous felling crews are continuing to remove hazard trees adjacent to Highways 50, 89 and 88 to ensure public safety once these roads are re-opened.

September 9, 2021 at 7:26 PM

West Zone: Firefighters worked diligently along the southern edge of the perimeter near Kirkwood picking up spots and keeping the fire north of the Highway 88. Crews continued hazard tree removal in the Highway 50 corridor clearing fire weakened trees to support safe repopulation. This evening, firefighters will patrol the area and answer calls for service as interior islands and pockets of timber continue to burn and smolder. Thunderstorms and increasing southwest winds will affect the fire area overnight and early tomorrow morning. A Red Flag Warning is issued for the fire area this evening for thunderstorms with dry lightning and gusty winds. Damage inspections continue with approximately 99% of structures assessed.

East Zone: A Red Flag Warning has been issued for tomorrow. Increased southwest winds (gusts from 40 to 60 mph) and thunderstorms are expected to test the northeast sides of the fire. Firefighters continued to aggressively mop up and secure areas adjacent to containment lines ahead of the changing weather. Hotshots, dozers, and engines worked together to complete and secure direct line southwest of Scout Peak to Strawberry Creek where the fire remains active. Crews also continued to construct hand line in the Desolation Wilderness and from Caples Lake southwest toward Kirkwood Resort. This work was also supported by helicopters extinguishing hot spots.

The weather will dictate where resources are allocated over the next couple days as fire lines are challenged. The extremely dry fuel conditions (both live and dead vegetation including larger down logs) also amplify the potential for spotting. Resources are available for initial attack or to move to areas of increased fire behavior as needed.

Today at 1 pm the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office downgraded the area of Meyers that is north of the traffic circle at Highway 50 and Highway 89. This includes the area of Pioneer trail from Meyers through Elks Club, Upper and Lower Apache, Keetak, Cornelian, and all residences accessed from Saw Mill on the northern edge.

September 9, 2021 at 7:15 AM

West Zone: The fire continued to be active throughout the night. Minimal growth occurred in the northeast and southern areas of the fire perimeter. Firefighters worked diligently last night picking up minor spot fires and mitigating threats to structures. Today crews will continue working along the southern edge to secure more control line and keep the fire north of Highway 88. Damage inspections continue with approximately 99% of structures assessed

East Zone: Throughout the East Zone night shift ensured fire remained within the existing fire footprint, improving fire lines, and mopping up. In the Echo Lakes area, crews monitored fire activity and protected structures as the low intensity fire slowly backed downhill. The Fire Weather Watch forecast for late Thursday and Friday includes increased southwest winds, warmer temperatures, lower humidity, and possible thunderstorms. Today crews will continue to aggressively mop up areas adjacent to completed fire lines, working toward 300 feet of depth to ensure these critical lines hold if challenged. This work is time consuming due to the steep rocky terrain with unburned pockets of vegetation and extremely dry conditions.

Fire use modules in the Wilderness will continue to build direct hand line today, working to tie in with crews constructing line west of Lower Echo Lake. Crews continue to mop up and enhance fire line in the Trimmer Peak area. Dozers and hotshots will build direct line southwest of Scout Peak. Firefighters will be mopping up in the Caples Lake area and building hand line west toward Kirkwood. Air resources (including 29 helicopters, super scoopers, and retardant planes) are available to support suppression activities across the fire if smoke conditions are favorable, putting out hot spots which allows firefighters to work directly on the fire’s edge.

The primary objectives remain public and firefighter safety and re-population. Firefighters continue to aggressively fight the fire utilizing all available resources, adding containment line as quickly as possible. Felling crews are removing hazard trees along Highways 50, 89 and 88. The goal is to create a safe environment for the public to return to.

September 8, 2021 at 7:27 AM

West Zone: The fire continued to be active throughout the night with minimal growth along the northeast and southern edges of the fire. Poor overnight humidity recovery and warm temperatures allowed interior islands to burn and smolder. Firefighters worked diligently to mitigate spot fires throughout the evening. Today, crews will continue to work along Highway 50 to clear hazard trees to support safe repopulation in the coming days. Damage inspections are in progress with approximately 95% of structures assessed.

East Zone: Overnight crews continued to work throughout the East Zone. In the Desolation Wilderness, specialized crews trained in Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics which are designed to create effective fire line using the lightest touch possible on the landscape, worked late into the night constructing hand line and mopping up. These self-contained crews will remain in the Wilderness, allowing them to maximize their time fighting fire instead of travelling back and forth to this isolated location.

In the Upper and Lower Echo Lake area, crews monitored fire activity and continued to protect structures as the fire backs downhill. Throughout the East Zone, crews strengthened, and improved line built by the day shift ensuring containment lines held overnight. Crews working through the night monitoring and maintaining the constructed handline are allowing the day shift to continue their aggressive tactics built upon each day’s gains.

The increased temperatures, higher winds and thunderstorms forecast for later in the week may increase fire activity. These conditions create greater potential for spotting in the very dry unburned fuels outside of containment lines.

Today crews will continue to aggressively mop up, increasing the depth of the containment lines and extinguishing hot spots. Structure protection, securing and completing containment lines, and hazard tree felling along the Highway corridors are the top priorities. Hazards along Highway 50, including severely damaged trees are being mitigated as quickly as possible to allow for highway’s re-opening as soon as is practicable. Late yesterday the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office downgraded the area West of Ice House Road, from the Placer County line, South to Highway 50 and East of Junction Reservoir to an Evacuation Warning.

September 7, 2021 at 6:54 PM

Active fire behavior today with short-range spotting, smoldering and torching observed. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect with the Evacuation Order for South Lake Tahoe was reduced to a Warning. Many schools in El Dorado County are either evacuated or cancelled. Repopulation occurring where safely possible with multiple communities threatened. Threat remains to structures, power, and communication infrastructure, ENF facilities and AEU Headquarters, private timberland, grazing and agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural sites. State Highway 50, 88 and 89 are closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impact to multiple critical watersheds. Unified Command: Type 1, CA Team 4 (Opliger), NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik). NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik) in command of West Zone. Type 1, CA Team 4 (Opliger) in command of East Zone. Cal Fire IMT 2 (Blankenheim) assigned, Planned transfer command West Zone on 9/8 at 0700.

September 7, 2021 at 5:04 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

West of Ice House Road, from the Placer County line, South to Highway 50 and East of Junction Reservoir.

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County:

  • South of Highway 50, North of Starkes Grade Road, East of Snows Road and West of Fresh Pond.
  • North of Highway 50, South of Slab Creek Reservoir, East of Snows Road, West of Sly Park Road
  • Southwest from the intersection of Wentworth Springs Road and Placer County line, through the Gerle Creek Divide Reservoir to Wentworth Springs Road, Northwest to the Placer County Line and East and South of the Placer County line.
  • North of Slab Creek, South of Wentworth Springs Road, West of Junction Reservoir, and East of Sand Mountain.
  • North of Highway 50 between Forebay Road and Ice House Road extending to the North to include Spring Valley Road.
  • East of Highway E16, west of Steely Ridge Road, South of the North Fork of the Cosumnes River and North of the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.
  • North of Omo Ranch Road, South of Grizzly Flat Road, East of Fairplay Road, West of Slug Gulch Road and Omo Ranch Road.
  • The community of Omo Ranch South of the Middle fork of the Cosumnes River, North of Omo Ranch Road from Slug Gulch Road to 8N54.
  • North of Omo Ranch Road East to North South Road, crossing both sides of Sopiago Creek

September 7, 2021 at 1:49 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

All homes accessed from both sides of Pioneer Trail from the city limits starting at Al Tahoe Blvd and moving west stopping before Elks Club.

September 7, 2021 at 11:38 AM

Effective tomorrow, September 8, 2021, the following Post Offices below will reopen and resume normal delivery and retail transactions.

South Lake Tahoe Post Office, 1046 Al Tahoe Blvd. South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Tahoe Valley Post Office, 950 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Tahoma Post Office, 7000 Westlake Blvd, Tahoma, CA 96142
Herlong Post Office, 2067 Yuba Street, Herlong, CA 96113
Somerset Post Office, 6040 Grizzly Flat Road, Somerset, CA 95684

September 7, 2021 at 7:47 AM

West Zone: Fire remained active throughout the night due to the poor overnight humidity and higher than normal temperatures. Firefighters actively patrolled the area and kept spot fires in check. Along the northeast and southern edge of the fire interior islands near control lines continued to burn out while crews answered calls for service in the newly repopulated areas for minor heat found near structures and roadways. Today, firefighters will continue mopping up, reinforcing control lines, and clearing hazard trees. Damage inspections continue with approximately 90% of structures assessed.

East Zone: Overnight, multiple crews continued to work throughout the East Zone of the Fire. Suppression Modules worked late into the night mopping up and constructing hand lines near Ralston Lake in the Desolation Wilderness and remained in the area overnight; in doing so, these specially trained firefighters will be in place to continue their work early this morning.

In the areas around Upper and Lower Echo Lake, crews held the line and performed a tactical patrol checking for hotspots.

Near Trimmer Peak and the Luther Spires areas, crews continued to hold and improve the hand line.

In the Meyers and Christmas Valley areas, pockets of heat remain throughout. As a result, crews focused on increasing the depth of mop up. Around Caples Lake area, crews continued their work holding and improving current hand lines.

Firefighters are laser-focused and continue to work the fire around the clock, building upon the work each other has accomplished the shift prior. This hard work will continue with the goal of keeping containment percentages moving on an upward trajectory

September 6, 2021 at 7:20 PM

The fire remained active in the northeast and southern edges of the fire due to the poor overnight & daytime humidity recovery coupled with the increased temperatures. Aircraft and hand crews worked the remote and rugged terrain on both the northeast and southern edges today working hard to tie in with existing control lines. Hazard tree removal along Hwy 50 continues to support safe repopulation in the coming days. Hot material, interior islands, and pockets of timber continue to burn and smolder, crews will actively patrol the area to mitigate threats to structures. Damage inspections continue with 85% of structures assessed.

An additional Wildfire Module was inserted today in the Desolation Wilderness. Currently, two Wildfire Modules are working this area. These specialized crews can operate in the wilderness for up to 14 days unsupported. Super scoopers, aerial firefighting planes capable of scooping water from lakes without landing, were also utilized today to assist the crews’ efforts on the ground in the wilderness. Additionally, rappelers were inserted into the Desolation Wilderness near the Echo Lake area to secure and mop up remote areas. In the Upper and Lower Echo Lake areas, fire activity remains to include, low-intensity flames backing towards the hand line as planned.

In Meyers and Christmas Valley, the containment line was improved as aggressive mop up, and tactical patrol continued. In addition, a concerted effort is taking place with structure preparation and removing hazard trees to make the communities safe or residents to return.

Between the area of Trimmer Peak and Luther Pass, direct handline construction continued.

Crews in Scout Peak are mopping up and using hose lines and constructing direct handline. Around Caples Lake, Crews continued to gain more depth with their mop up and additional hand line construction.

Crews continue to make progress all over the fire and will stay engaged working through the night.

September 6, 2021 at 3:23 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

• Grizzly Flat Road between Steely Ridge and Blue Mountain Road.
• Cosmunes Mine Road between String Canyon Road and the North Fork of the Cosumnes River.
• String Canyon Road between Grizzly Flat Road and Eagle Hill Road.
• North of Highway 50 between Forebay Road and Ice House Road extending North to include Spring Valley Road.
• South of Highway 50, East of Sly Park Road, West of Ice House Road, North of Mormon Emigrant Trail. (Per El Dorado Irrigation District, Jenkinson Lake/Sly Park Recreation Area remains closed to visitors.)

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County:

• South of Starkes Grade Road, North of Sly Park Creek, East of Pleasant Valley Road up to and including the Diamond Garnet subdivision.

Road Closures/Access:

• Cosumnes Mine Road is open from String Canyon Road to the bridge crossing the Cosumnes River.
• String Canyon Road is closed at Eagle Hill Road.
• Grizzly Flat Road is closed at Blue Mountain Drive.
• East bound Highway 50 is closed at Ice House Road.
• Ice House Road is closed at White Meadow Road.

NOTES:

The fire has caused extensive damage to the Grizzly Flats Community Services District (CSD) water system. Grizzly Flats CSD is working diligently to make repairs. Customers should be prepared to bring potable water for all water needs. The Grizzly Flats CSD is working with the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services and the American Red Cross to provide a limited amount of bottled water to those customers. Residual, standing water in pipelines is not safe for use and should be flushed out. For more information contact the Grizzly Flats CSD https://tinyurl.com/GrizzlyCaldor

September 6, 2021 at 7:07 AM

The fire behavior moderated overnight allowing firefighters to pick up spots that occurred during the day. Some fire growth occurred in the steep, challenging terrain along the northeast and south ends of the fire perimeter. Poor humidity recovery and warmer temperatures last night allowed some interior islands to burn but crews actively patrolled to mitigate any threats to structures. Today firefighters will continue mopping up and building more control line. Damage inspections continue with approximately 85% of structures assessed.

September 5, 2021 at 8:17 PM

Today, slow wind speeds and an early morning smoke inversion decreased fire activity. Crews worked in challenging terrain in remote areas along the northeast edge of the fire picking up spots and going direct when safe. Along Hwy 50, firefighters mopped up and cleared hazard trees to support safe repopulation in the coming days. Aircraft and hand crews worked in tandem along portions of Hwy 88 picking up spot fires and building more control line. Tonight, firefighters will actively patrol the fire seeking out and extinguishing heat. Damage inspections continue with approximately 85% of structures assessed.

September 5, 2021 at 3:33 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

• South Lake Tahoe City Limits – From the Nevada State line west along Highway 50 to the Tahoe airport. Highway 89 from the city northwest to the city’s edge at West Way. Also Pioneer Trail from state line west to Al Tahoe Blvd.

• North of the City of South Lake Tahoe – All properties on the East (lake side) of Highway 89 extending north from the city limits to Emerald Bay. All properties on both sides of Highway 89 extending North from Emerald Bay through Tahoma.

The area of Fallen Leaf Lake, Christmas Valley, Meyers, and North Upper Truckee remains under an evacuation order.

Road Closures/Access

• Highway 88 is closed from Pickets Junction to Peddler Hill in Amador County
• Highway 89 is closed from Highway 88 (Pickets Junction) to Highway 50 in Meyers
• US 50 is closed from Fresh Pond to Sawmill Road
• Road Closures in the basin are at the City Limits on Pioneer Trl, Lake Tahoe Blvd, and Hwy 50 at Sawmill
• 207/Kingsbury Grade and US 50 will be open.
• As with evacuating, please be patient and remain calm as you drive back to town with one access point available.
• Gas up before getting on the road.

September 5, 2021 at 10:14 AM

CAL FIRE Update: Firefighters continued to make progress last night mopping up and patrolling the fire perimeter. Minor spotting was observed and safely contained. Today crews will work along the more active areas along the northeast and southeast areas of the West Zone tying in with existing control line and mopping up. Damage inspections continue with approximately 80% of structures assessed.

September 4, 2021 at 7:43 PM

Today fire behavior decreased thanks to a morning smoke inversion paired with slow wind speeds. Firefighters continued to mop up and strengthen control lines along Hwy 50 as well as cut down weakened hazard trees. Aircraft and hand crews worked the perimeter along Hwy 88 tying it in with existing control lines while monitoring the unburned islands north of the highway. Tonight, crews will actively patrol, extinguishing heat and mitigating threats to structures. Damage inspections continue with approximately 80% of structures assessed.

East Zone: Firefighters continue their aggressive mop up operations and direct firefighting tactics in all areas of the fire, holding the fire within containment lines. Wildland firefighting modules will be hiking into the Desolation Wilderness to engage directly with the fire using minimal impact suppression techniques. On the south and southwestern sides of Echo Lake, the fire continues to back down the hillside. Overall, the northern flank of the fire is holding well within the current containment lines. Firefighters continue their work diligently with mop up operations.

On the northeastern flank fire, spotting behavior has decreased and firefighters are working to tie in their direct containment lines down to Luther Spire where hot spots exist. However today, helicopters were able to make drops as the smoky air cleared. To the north, contingency groups are working to reduce fuel using masticators along roadways surrounding Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Ridge. These contingency lines are being constructed as backup plans, however, the direct firefighting taking place now is making great progress and holding well.

Safety concerns for firefighters remain with the potential for rollout of smoldering material and hazardous burning tree snags. Structure protection groups continue to seek out hot spots and mop up around structures. Firefighters are hopeful for repopulations of some of these communities in the coming days when it is safe.

September 4, 2021 at 3:46 PM

Douglas County Evacuation Updates:

The following neighborhoods are no longer under mandatory evacuations or warnings:

· Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads
· Lake Village

The following neighborhoods have moved into warnings and are no longer under a mandatory evacuation:

· Upper Kingsbury (South)
· Upper Kingsbury (North)
· Central Kingsbury
· Lower Kingsbury

September 4, 2021 at 9:22 AM

Fire behavior continued to decrease last night thanks to a slight rise in humidity levels and decrease in temperatures across the entire area. The only areas of minimal growth were in the northeast and southern edge, as crews were able to go direct when safe. Hot material continues to be found along the perimeter of the fire, as well as an abundant amount of fire weakened timber. Firefighters will work today mopping up and mitigating any threats to existing lines. Smoke may be visible throughout today as interior islands continued to smolder and burn out. Damage inspections are still underway with approximately 75% of structures assessed.

September 3, 2021 at 7:09 PM

Fire behavior continued to decrease today thanks to low wind speed and an early morning smoke inversion. Minimal growth occurred in the south, west, and northwest areas. Firefighters continued mopping up today, seeking out and extinguishing hot material near existing control lines in the north and eastern divisions. Tonight, overnight humidity recovery should decrease fire activity, facilitating direct attack where safe. Damage inspections are still underway with approximately 75% of structures assessed.

September 3, 2021 at 5:10 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

  • South Sly Park – South of Starkes Grade Road, north of Sly Park Creek, east of Pleasant Valley Road up to and including the Diamond Garnet subdivision.
  • Grizzly Flats West – East of Highway E16, west of Steely Ridge Road, South of the North Fork of the Cosumnes River and North of the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.
  • Happy Valley – All properties accessed from Happy Valley Road.

El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) officials request that evacuated residents with water service provided by EID consider running internal taps for a couple minutes upon returning to ensure fresh water in their homes. Water that has remained in service lines during evacuation periods can result in customers detecting taste and odor issues that may be easily addressed by flushing the taps. EID’s water is safe to drink. The main distribution system piping was not affected by fire and the integrity of the overall system has not been affected, as confirmed by its ongoing and rigorous water quality testing program. As CAL FIRE officials allow more EID customers to return home, the District requests that customers refrain from using any non-essential water use during the first 24 hours of returning to their homes. This conservation is requested to allow EID staff to adjust to meeting normal customer demands after supporting key firefighting efforts over the past two weeks.

September 3, 2021 at 2:46 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

The area described as South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt. Aukum Road. This includes the area of Gopher Hole Road and Moonshadow.

The area described as South of US Highway 50, North of Starkes Grade Road, East of Snows Road and West of Fresh Pond.

September 3, 2021 at 7:13 AM

CAL FIRE update: Fire activity decreased overnight due to moderate humidity recovery and a decrease in winds. Firefighters took advantage of these favorable conditions to build more control line and work direct along the northern edge of the fire. Spot fires from the wind event two days ago continue to be found and firefighters engaged when safe to do so. Minimal fire growth occurred in the Kirkwood area. Today crews will work to tie in more control line and mop up.

September 3, 2021 at 7:01 AM

Control Objectives: West Zone

  • Keep the fire North of HWY 4
  • Keep the fire South of Wentworth Springs Rd
  • Keep the fire East of E16 and Fiddletown Rd

Control Objectives: East Zone

  • Keep the fire South of Mosquito Pass and road systems to N16A, 2N20A, 2N08, and 2N21
  • Keep the fire North of HWY 88
  • Keep the fire West of El Dorado and Alpine County and State line boundary

September 2, 2021 at 7:21 PM

Today fire behavior decreased in western areas thanks to slow wind speed across the fire. The fire continues to back down towards Hwy 50 in multiple locations due to the heavy dead/down fuels. Aircraft and hand crews worked throughout the day to secure more control line along the southern edge of the fire keeping it north of Hwy 88.

Tonight, firefighters will take advantage of lighter winds and cooler temperatures to construct additional control lines. Damage inspection is in progress with approximately 65% of structures inspected to date.

September 2, 2021 at 11:47 AM

Effective tomorrow, September 3, 2021, Pollock Pines Post Office located at 2669 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, CA 95726 will resume normal delivery and retail transactions.

Customers normally served by the following post offices below are directed to Pollock Pines Post Office for mail pick up.

Kyburz Post Office, 13672 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA 95720
Twin Bridges Post Office, 17481 Highway 50, Twin Bridges, CA 95735

September 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County.

CEMENT HILL – South of Omo Ranch Road accessed from Farnham Ridge Road.

FARNHAM RIDGE – South of Omo Ranch Road East of 8N62 to the Amador County Line.

COSUMNES – South of Farnham Ridge, North of the Amador/El Dorado County Line, and East of Bridgeport School Road.

MT AUKUM – East of Mt. Aukum (E16) from Perry Creek Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.

COYOTEVILLE – South of Omo Ranch Road to the El Dorado County Line between Mt. Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and tributary roads.

MOSQUITO – Mosquito Road from the bridge north to include the community of Swansboro.

CARSON WHITE OAK – North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Union Ridge and Snows Road.

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

WEST OMO – Omo Ranch Road between Fairplay Road to Slug Gulch Road. Slug Gulch Road and Grey Rock Road, outside the fire line.

OMO RANCH – The town of Omo Ranch south of the Middle Fork of the Consumnes River, Omo Ranch Road East from Slug Gulch Road to 8N62 outside the fire line.

BARNEY RIDGE – North of Omo Ranch Road, east of 8N62 Road crossing both sides of Sopiago Creek, outside the fire line.

September 2, 2021 at 7:42 AM

Control Objectives: East

Keep the fire South of Mosquito Pass and road systems to N16A, 2N20A, 2N08, and 2N21.
Keep the fire North of Hwy 88.
Keep the fire West of El Dorado and Alpine County and State line boundary.

Control Objectives: West

Keep the fire North of Hwy 4.
Keep the fire South of Wentworth Springs Rd.
Keep the fire East of E16 and Fiddletown.

Forecasted fire behavior East Zone: Southwest winds have been a contributing factor to large fire growth and high rates of spread. Topographical features can affect wind speed and direction, be mindful of your location on the landscape. Once the inversion lifts expect fire behavior to increase. Dormant areas of the fire can become active suddenly with alignment. All fuel beds are receptive and available. Under windy conditions expect resistance to control.

Forecasted fire behavior West Zone: Sunny and warm. Daytime humidity remains low 16-22%. Winds upslope/upcanyon after 9am 4-9mph with gusts to 15mph. Hwy 50 corridor could experience gusts to 20mph. Ridgetop winds south-southwest 9-12mph with gusts to 22mph. Nighttime temperatures will be 45-63 degrees with humidity 28-38%, with ridgetop winds southeast 7-10mph. Expect a thin inversion in the lower elevations and drainages to form overnight.

September 2, 2021 at 7:28 AM

CAL FIRE update: Calmer winds and return of moderate humidity to some areas of the fire reduced activity overnight however spotting and fire spread still occurred along the northern edge of the fire. Firefighters will work today to bolster lines where large pockets of previously unburned fuel threaten existing control lines. Damage inspection is in progress with approximately 60% of structures inspected to date.

September 2, 2021 at 7:14 AM

Active fire behavior overnight with torch and short-range spotting reported. Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued with multiple communities threatened. Many schools in El Dorado County are either evacuated or cancelled. Substantial damage to utility infrastructure reported. Threat remains to structures, power and communication infrastructure, ENF facilities and AEU Headquarters, private timberland, grazing and agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural sites. State Highway 50, 88 and 89 are closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impact to multiple critical watersheds. Unified Command: NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik) in command of the West Zone. Type 1 CA Team 4 (Opliger) in command of the East Zone.

September 1, 2021 at 8:50 PM

Clarification on Evacuation Orders and Warnings for Alpine County

The following evacuation orders remain in effect for Alpine County:

• Highway 89 at Pickett’s Junction west to the Alpine/El Dorado County Line (Zone 21a)
• Pickett’s Junction Northeast to Fay Luther Canyon (Zone 22a)
o Horse Thief Canyon to Fay Luther Canyon
o Mesa Vista is NOT under evacuation orders

• Highway 88 Pickett’s Junction south to Kirkwood and the Alpine/Amador County Line (Zone 19 & Zone 20)
o All areas to the west of Highway 88
– Red Lake, Caples Lake, Kirkwood
o Wilderness and forested areas south of 88 and west of Blue Lakes
Sisters, Fourth of July Peak, Fourth of July Canyon, Devils Corral, Winnemucca Lake, Frog Lake, Emigrant Peak, Elephants Back

Evacuation Warnings have been expanded to include the following areas in Alpine County:

• Blue Lakes Rd. Upper Blue Lake, Burnside Lake & Rd., Elephant’s Graveyard, “The Patch” (Zone 23)
o Forestdale Rd from Junction 88 to Upper Blue Lake
• Highway 89 Pickett’s Junction East Bound to Junction Highway 88 & Highway 89 (Zone 21b)
o Crystal Springs
o Woodfords (North/West of Highway 88)
o Sorenson’s
• Mesa Vista West of Highway 88 to Fay Luther Canyon California/Nevada Stateline (Zone 22b)

NO warnings are in place for the following Alpine County areas as this time:

• Woodfords south/east of Highway 88
• Alpine Village
• Sierra Pines
• Hung-A-Lel-Ti
• Diamond Valley Rd.
• Carson River Rd.
• Markleeville
• Markleevillage
• Pleasant Valley
• Carson Ridge
• Bear Valley
• Lake Alpine
• East Carson Corridor
• Monitor Pass

September 1, 2021 at 6:51 PM

CAL FIRE update: Firefighters were challenged today by dry conditions and strong winds. These strong winds increased fire behavior dramatically along the northern area of the fire this morning. This evening crews will look for opportunities to build control line were possible. The current Red Flag Warning remains in effect through 11:00 p.m. tonight.

September 1, 2021 at 6:22 PM

Additional Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Multiple communities are threatened. Many schools in El Dorado County are either evacuated or cancelled. Substantial damage to utility infrastructure reported. Threat remains to structures, power and communication infrastructure, ENF facilities and AEU Headquarters, private timberland, grazing and agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural sites. State Highway 50, 88 and 89 are closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impact to multiple critical watersheds. Unified Command: Unified Command: NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik). Type 1 CA Team 4 (Opliger) assigned tentative transition to command of East Zone this evening @ 1900.

September 1, 2021 at 4:31 PM

The following Evacuation Orders in the areas of North Camino and Pollock Pines described below have been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning: North of Highway 50, West of Sly Park, South of Slab Creek, and East of Larsen Drive / Snows Road.

El Dorado Irrigation District officials request that evacuated residents with water service provided by EID consider running internal taps for a couple minutes upon returning to ensure fresh water in their homes. Water that has remained in service lines during evacuation periods can result in customers detecting taste and odor issues that may be easily addressed by flushing the taps.

EID’s water is safe to drink. The main distribution system piping was not affected by fire and the integrity of the overall system has not been affected, as confirmed by its ongoing and rigorous water quality testing program.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

September 1, 2021 at 7:21 AM

CAL FIRE update: The fire remained very active overnight due to the extremely poor humidity recovery and warm temperatures. Spotting continued to occur with spots being found up to .5 miles away from the edge of the fire. The fire continued to back down towards Highway 50 in Division F & G with slow rates of spread. Today firefighters will face more dry conditions and strong winds with gusts up to 35-40 mph in some areas. The current red flag warning remains in effect through 11:00 p.m. on 9/1/21.

September 1, 2021 at 6:50 AM

Today’s Control Objectives

  • Keep the fire North of HWY 4
  • Keep the fire South of Wentworth Springs Rd
  • Keep the fire East of E16 and Fiddletown Rd
  • Keep the fire West of HWY 206, Nevada

August 31, 2021 at 7:35 PM

Douglas County is asking the following communities to be on the alert and start preparing for potential evacuations. Evacuations have not been ordered for the following areas at this time; however, there is potential for evacuation warnings to heighten to evacuation orders in the near future. The communities possibly affected are:

Douglas County, NV – Evacuation Warning

The following zone is affected:

Zone 2

Any homes or property located on Foothill Road from Centerville Lane north to Muller. Included in this zone is the valley side of Kingsbury Grade and any homes that are accessed by Foothill Road between Centerville Lane and Muller Lane.

These communities are asked to be on the alert and start preparing for potential evacuations. Evacuations have not been ordered at this time, however there is potential for evacuation orders in the near future and road closures are imminent. Please stay vigilant, pay attention to emergency phone alerts, and have a plan in place.

August 31, 2021 at 7:25 PM

CAL FIRE update:

Fire behavior increased dramatically in the northeast and eastern divisions early in the morning due to the expected strong winds and poor humidity. High wind speeds on the ridgetops produced long-range spotting as the active crown fire runs reached the ridgetops. Spotting distances were over 1 mile. The fire continues to back down towards Hwy 50 in multiple locations and continues to threaten the control lines in Divisions G and H. Minimal growth has occurred in the South, West, and northwest areas. The current red flag warning remains in effect through 11:00 p.m. on 9/1/21.

August 31, 2021 at 7:22 PM

Update to Evacuation Orders and Warnings in Alpine County

Evacuation Orders Alpine County:

Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing. West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail. West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line. El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line.

North of Highway 88, along the Alpine/El Dorado County line and Armstrong Summit to the Nevada state line. West of the Nevada state south to Luther Creek. Northwest of Luther Creek to Woodfords. North of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado County line.

Evacuation Warnings Alpine County:

• North of Highway 89 from Woodfords due north to Luther Creek at the Nevada State line.
• East of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing.
• East of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail.
• East of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line.
• El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line east to the northern lake edge of Upper Blue Lakes.
• North of the North-west Lake edge of Upper Blue Lake to the southern aspect of Hawkins Peak and to Woodfords junction.
• South of Highway 88 at Woodfords Junction to Forestdale Road

NOTES: All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect

August 31, 2021 at 5:06 PM

From the briefing: Fire has not made it into Kirkwood. Structure defense group is doing prep to defend structures if the fire reaches the area.

August 31, 2021 at 4:45 PM

Evacuation Orders Alpine County:

Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing. West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail. West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line. El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line.

North of Highway 88, along the Alpine/El Dorado County line and Armstrong Summit to the Nevada state line. West of the Nevada state south to Luther Creek. Northwest of Luther Creek to Woodfords. North of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado County line.

Evacuation Warnings Alpine County:

• North of Highway 89 from Woodfords due north to Luther Creek at the Nevada State line.
• East of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing.
• East of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail.
• East of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line.
• El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line east to the northern lake edge of Upper Blue Lakes.
• North of the North-west Lake edge of Upper Blue Lake to the southern aspect of Hawkins Peak and to Woodfords junction.
• South of Highway 88 at Woodfords Junction to Forestdale Road

NOTES:

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect

August 31, 2021 at 4:02 PM

The following Evacuation Orders are being issued for the areas below.

The following affected communities in Douglas County, Nevada (excluding Stateline Casinos) are

• Upper Kingsbury (South)
• Upper Kingsbury (North)
• Central Kingsbury
• Lower Kingsbury
• Round Hill region and roads including Lower Elks Point
• Lake Village
• Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads

These Evacuation Orders will include areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks Point Road (excluding Stateline Casinos) and State Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive, including all area roads North and South of Kingsbury Grade.

August 31, 2021 at 7:06 AM

CAL FIRE update: Overnight fire activity remained active throughout the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire due to poor humidity recovery. Crown fire runs and ember casting remained active covering distances of up to three quarters of a mile. Lower elevations of the fire saw strong down canyon winds that tested control lines in Divisions A and D. The current red flag warning remains in effect through 11:00 p.m. on 9/1/21.

August 30, 2021 at 8:24 PM

Douglas County is asking the following communities to be on the alert and start preparing for potential evacuations. Evacuations have not been ordered at this time, in Douglas County, however there is potential for evacuation orders in the near future. The communities possibly affected are:

• Upper Kingsbury (South)
• Upper Kingsbury (North)
• Central Kingsbury
• Lower Kingsbury
• Round Hill region and roads including Lower Elks Point
• Lake Village
• Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads

This evacuation warning will include areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks Point Road. (excluding Stateline Casino’s). State Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive, including all area roads North and South of Kingsbury Grade.

We are asking residents to stay vigilant, pay attention to emergency phone alerts, and have a plan in place for potential evacuations. In addition, plan for road closures in the area. The recommended evacuation route is to go Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

Nevada Depart of Transportation is closing the following:
The following are soft road closures, meaning the roads are open to residents and employees who must enter the area to access their home or work.

• US 50 going west bound (into the Tahoe Basin) at Spooner Jct. (S. Carson St & 50)
• SR 207 west bound at Foothill Rd (intersection at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade)
• SR 28 and US 50 Jct. West Bound on 50

Have a transportation plan for animals and livestock. Think about fuel, medications, keepsakes, and groceries you might need. Think about your loved ones on oxygen or anyone who may need assistance leaving their home. Living with Fire has a Wildfire Evacuation Checklist for reference. To view, visit the following link: tahoelivingwithfire.com

Should evacuations occur, you will receive an emergency alert notification on your phone, and may be asked to leave your home by emergency responders. It is not recommended to wait for someone to visit your home. If you feel unsafe, leave the area. If you do not have a cell phone or landline, please keep in contact with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family.

Evacuation Shelters:
• Truckee Veterans Hall
10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161

• Douglas County Community Center Shelter is at capacity
1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

• Carson City Community Center
851 E. William Street, Carson City, NV

• Carson High School
1111 N. Saliman Road, Carson City, NV

Animal Shelters
• Fuji Park
601 Old Clear Creek Road, Carson City, NV 89701 (small and large)

• Douglas County Fairgrounds
920 Pine nut Road, Gardnerville, NV 89410

August 30, 2021 at 8:05 PM

Effective Immediately in Douglas County, Nevada

Evacuation Warning: The following affected communities in Douglas County, Nevada (excluding Stateline Casinos) are

• Upper Kingsbury (South)
• Upper Kingsbury (North)
• Central Kingsbury
• Lower Kingsbury
• Round Hill region and roads including Lower Elks Point
• Lake Village
• Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads
• These Evacuation Warnings will include areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks Point Road (excluding Stateline Casinos) and State Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive, including all area roads North and South of Kingsbury Grade.

Evacuation Shelters:

• Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
• Douglas County Community Center Shelter is at capacity 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV
• Carson City Community Center 851 E. William Street, Carson City, NV
• Carson High School 1111 N. Saliman Road, Carson City, NV

Animal Shelters

• Fuji Park 601 Old Clear Creek Road, Carson City, NV 89701 (small and large)
• Douglas County Fairgrounds 920 Pine Nut Road, Gardnerville, NV 89410

August 30, 2021 at 7:42 PM

CAL FIRE update: Today’s expected southwestern wind pattern and dry fuels caused an increase in fire behavior located in the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire. Fire continues to back down to Highway 50 threating containment lines. Wind speeds continue to increase through steep drainages producing gusty and erratic winds. In these areas of the fire, fast moving crown fires are still present. Wind conditions continue to create spotting distances between three quarters of a mile to one mile out. Areas of the fire where winds were limited still saw group torching due to critical fuel conditions and tightly packed canopies. The current red flag warning remains in effect through 11:00 p.m. on 9/1/21.

August 30, 2021 at 7:04 PM

Active fire behavior reported again today with torching, crowning and long-range spotting. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for strong winds and low RH, today through Wednesday evening. Mass Evacuation Orders issued for South Lake Tahoe Areas today with additional Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued and in effect. Multiple k-12 schools threatened. Substantial critical utility infrastructure damage and destruction have occurred in the Grizzly Flats area.

August 30, 2021 at 6:26 PM

Latest mapping shows 186,568 acres and 15% contained. 51,658 people have been evacuated. Over 32,000 homes threatened and over 1,100 commercial properties threatened.

Historical and Significant Cultural Resources threatened:

Numerous cultural heritage sites of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians including burial and village sites lie within and around the fire area. Historic structures threatened include the Sly Park Guard Station, Harvey West Cabin, Armstrong Lookout, Farni Meadows Cabins, Cody Meadows Cabin, FiPi Footbridge, and Alder Lookout. Other significant archaeological resources, historic, and cultural sites are also threatened.

August 30, 2021 at 3:15 PM

The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

• Pipi – East of North South Road from Omo Ranch to Cat Creek and east to Highway 88 1 mile east of Omo Ranch Road.
• Cosumnes – This is a small section south of Farnham Ridge, north of the Amador/El Dorado County Line, and east of Bridgeport School Road.
• Cement Hill – Cement Hill area, south of Omo Ranch south to Farnham Ridge Road
• Farnham Ridge – The east end of Omo Ranch Road south to the Amador County Line

The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in Amador County.

• South of the El Dorado-Amador County line with a western border of Shenandoah Road. Southern border of Fiddletown Road, Hale Road and Charleston Road. Eastern border of Shake Ridge Road and Rams Horn Grade.
• South of the El Dorado-Amador County line with a western border of Shake Ridge Road and Rams Horn Grade. Southern border of the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn Grade, due east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road. Eastern border of Hwy 88 at Omo Ranch Road to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road.

August 30, 2021 at 3:04 PM

Customers normally served by the Tahoma Post Office are directed to Homewood Post Office for mail pick up.

Homewood Post Office, 5375 Westlake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141; Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

August 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Alpine County publishes online Caldor Fire Evacuation Map, added the layer to the map above.

August 30, 2021 at 1:59 PM

USPS update: Effective tomorrow, August 31, 2021 customers normally served by the following offices below are directed to Carson City Post Office for mail pick up.

  • South Lake Tahoe Post Office, 1046 Al Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Myers Post Office, 1285 Apache Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
  • Tahoe Valley Post Office, 950 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Carson City Post Office, 1111 S. Roop Street, Carson City, NV 89701; Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Customers normally served by the following post offices below are directed to Diamond Springs Post Office for mail pick up.

  • Grizzly Flats Post Office, 4991 Sciaroni Road, Grizzly Flats, CA 95636
  • Pollock Pines Post Office, 2669 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
  • Kyburz Post Office, 13672 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA 95720
  • Twin Bridges Post Office, 17481 Highway 50, Twin Bridges, CA 95735
  • Somerset Post Office, 6040 Grizzly Flat Road, Somerset, CA 95684

Diamond Springs Post Office, 4946 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619; Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5 pm.

August 30, 2021 at 11:13 AM

El Dorado County Evacuation Order

El Dorado County

Heavenly

• East of Pioneer Trail between Larch and Al Tahoe, to include the area of Heavenly Ski Resort out to the Alpine County Line and the Nevada State line on the East. Stateline
• East of Ski run on the lake side of Pioneer Trail and also both sides of Pioneer Trail between Larch and the Nevada State line.

Evacuation Routes:

• Evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

Evacuation Shelters:

• Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
• Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/EDSOEVAC for an online evacuation map.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

August 30, 2021 at 10:22 AM

Evacuation Order: El Dorado County

Tahoe Keys

• All residences with the Tahoe Keys community and all residents accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Blvd, staying east of 3rd Street.

Tahoe Island

• East of Highway 50/ Highway 89 at the at the Lake Tahoe Blvd and Highway 89 Highway 50 intersection. This includes the area of Barton Hospital and the area of Winnemucca to the “Y”. Also north of Highway 50 west of Tahoe Keys Blvd following along the north side of Highway 89 through the end of town prior to Pope Beach.

Al Tahoe

• All residences off of Lakeview which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood.

Sierra Tract

• All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail.

Bijou

• The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven and Fremont and extending to the east in to all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail.

Evacuation Routes:

• Evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

August 30, 2021 at 9:48 AM

Effective Immediately

Evacuation Order: El Dorado County

Tahoma

• The section from Emerald Bay north to the Placer county line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.

Fallen Leaf

• The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Blvd. extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west, to Desolation Wilderness, across Emerald Bay.

Pioneer

• This is the area North of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the West side of Pioneer Trail, also including the streets of Hekpa, excluding the residences west of the airport, this segment includes all residences accessed from Jicarilla, Washoan, and Glen Eagles. This also includes the Golden Bear neighborhood, and the neighborhoods of Cold Creek Trail, High Meadows, and Marshall Trail.

Gardner Mountain

• Northwest of the South Lake Tahoe Airport and west of the Highway 50 / Lake Tahoe Blvd and Highway 89 intersection to include the South Lake Tahoe High School, Tahoe Verde and the streets accessed from 5th through 15th street south of Highway 89

Trimmer

• The area East of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping South of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residence off of Pioneer Trail.

Evacuation Routes:
• For the areas of Fallen Leaf and Tahoma go North on Highway 89 towards Truckee.
• For all other areas, evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

Evacuation Shelters:
• Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
• A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating from the area at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

August 30, 2021 at 8:09 AM

El Dorado County: For animal evacuation questions or assistance in the South Lake Tahoe area call (530)-621-5795. Until further notice, County Animal Services will answer all calls at their call center on the Western Slope.

August 30, 2021 at 7:53 AM

Humidity recovery remained poor overnight and allowed the fire to continue to actively burn. Fuel conditions remain critical and we still see active crown runs and group torching in the northeastern divisions of the fire. Current fire behavior is contributing to ember casts traveling up to half a mile. We anticipate early morning winds in the northeast area of the fire. Fire weakened trees continue to present a risk for crews.

August 30, 2021 at 7:29 AM

To assist with those who are evacuating, especially in the South Lake Tahoe Area, a new Shelter is open at the Truckee Veterans Hall located at 10214 High Street in Truckee.

August 30, 2021 at 6:01 AM

Control Objectives

  • Keep the fire North of HWY 88 and Shake Ridge Rd
  • Keep the fire South of Wentworth Springs Rd
  • Keep the fire East of E16 and Fiddletown Rd
  • Keep the fire West of HWY 89

August 29, 2021 at 10:17 PM

August 29, 2021 at 9:17 PM

Update to Evacuation Warnings

WHEN: Effective Immediately

WHERE: El Dorado County and Alpine County

Evacuation Order: El Dorado County

Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the CA ENF/CA TMU wilderness boundary.

From the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes.

Alpine County

Highway 89 south, from Luther Pass Road to the Pickets Junction (Highway 88). West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. South to include Kirkwood Ski Resort and Caples Lake.

Evacuation Warning:

El Dorado County

The remaining area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Alpine/El Dorado county line, north along the California/Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe. North along the waters edge to the El Dorado/Placer county line. West along the El Dorado/Placer county line to McKinney Lake.

Alpine County

Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing. West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail. West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line. El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line.

South of Armstrong Summit to Woodfords to Forestdale Road, north of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to Armstrong Summit.

August 29, 2021 at 8:04 PM

ALERTWildfire thermal cameras show Caldor Fire spotting into Tahoe Basin. One of the two thermal cameras in place for the Caldor Fire shows active flames heading into the Lake Tahoe Basin with a dozen or more spot fires already established. “The FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera located on the tower on the top of Heavenly Ski Resort allows the fire to be monitored through the heavy smoke and provides early identification of spot fires, helping firefighters to respond appropriately,” Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Lab and University of Nevada, Reno lead of the ALERTWildfire program said. More: https://yubanet.com/regional/alertwildfire-thermal-cameras-show-caldor-fire-spotting-into-tahoe-basin/

he ALERTWildfire thermal camera atop the Heavenly Mountain Resort at South Lake Tahoe, California allows the fire to be monitored through the heavy smoke and provides early identification of spot fires as seen The bright areas of the photo shows the height of the heat signature, not necessarily the height of the flames. The photo shows the view on Sunday evening, Aug. 29 looking to the west.

August 29, 2021 at 7:50 PM

CAL FIRE update: Today saw a significant increase in dynamic fire behavior resulting in rapid fire spread. Critical fuel conditions and the alignment of up-slope canyon winds increased extreme fire behavior in the early morning. The afternoon wind speeds produced spotting distances from ¾ to one mile. Active crown fires and group torching was present in multiple areas of the fire, presenting challenging conditions for crews. Additional evacuation warnings and orders were issued in multiples counties late this afternoon.

August 29, 2021 at 7:20 PM

Containment has fallen to 13%. Extreme fire behavior reported today with torching, crowning and long-range spotting. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for strong winds and low RH, Monday morning through Tuesday evening. Additional Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued and in effect. Multiple k-12 schools threatened. Substantial damage to utility infrastructure reported. Threat remains to structures, power and communication infrastructure, ENF facilities and AEU Headquarters, private timberland, grazing and agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, to the Miwok historical and cultural sites. State Highway 50 and 89 are closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impact to multiple critical watersheds. Unified Command: Unified Command: NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik). Type 1 CA Team 4 (Opliger) on order with a scheduled inbrief 8/30.

August 29, 2021 at 5:02 PM

Update to Evacuation Orders, Warnings and Road Closures, effective immediately in El Dorado County and Alpine Counties

Road Closures:
• The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Sawmill Road
• Highway 50 at Sawmill
• Pioneer Trail at Elks Club
• Elks Club at Highway 50
• Highway 89 at Highway 88 junction
• Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain

Evacuation Routes:

El Dorado County

• Residents evacuating the area should use Highway 50 East or Highway 89 North.

Alpine County
• West on Highway 88 to Northbound 89 to Eastbound Highway 50

Evacuation Orders:

El Dorado County

• Christmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit
• Highway 89 due West to Watershed Ridge/Echo Summit and South to the Amador/El Dorado County line.
• The area from Luther Pass Road, north along the El Dorado/Alpine County line to Armstrong Pass. West from Armstrong Pass to Upper Apache at Meyers. West on Upper Apache to Highway 50. West on Highway 50 to Highway 89. South on Highway 89 to the El Dorado/Alpine County line. This includes all homes on both sides of Highway 89.
• The area from Upper Apache at Meyers, north along Highway 50, to Elks Club Drive. East on Elks Club Drive to Pioneer Trail, extending due south to Upper Apache at Meyers. (This includes all homes off of Oneidas, Mandan, Apache, Ottawa and Player).
• The area North on Highway 50 from Highway 89 to Saw Mill Road. West on Saw Mill Road to Angora Ridge, extending to the Echo Summit.

Alpine County

• Highway 89 South from Luther Pass Road to Pickets Junction (Highway 88)
• West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood

Evacuation Warning:

El Dorado County

• The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Blvd. extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west, to Desolation Wilderness, across Emerald Bay.

Evacuation Shelter:

Nevada

• A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating from the area at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV.

NOTES:

Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/EDSOEVAC for an online evacuation map.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect

August 29, 2021 at 3:51 PM

Amador County – Effective Immediately

Road Closures:
• Highway 88 is closed between Omo Ranch Rd. and the Highway 88/89 interchange.

Evacuation Order:

Amador County
• South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene Road, due east to the Amador/Alpine County line and from the Amador/Alpine County line north to Hwy 88.

Shelter Info
• Our Red Cross TEP will be at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek. 581 Hwy 49.

NOTES:
All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect

August 29, 2021 at 3:36 PM

Caltrans announced at 3:20 pm 8/29 the closure of SR 88 from Dew Drop (Amador Co) to Picketts Junction (SR 89, Hope Valley).

August 29, 2021 at 9:14 AM

Fire activity was limited overnight due the inversion layer settling in, these fire conditions allowed crews to engage the fire directly. Short range spotting and group touching continue with the most active fire activity present in the Northeast and Western sections of the fire. Steep terrain, ash pits and fire weakened trees continue to pose a threat for fire crews throughout the fire.

Local Area Assistance:

Address: 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. Located at Folsom Lake Community College, El Dorado Campus, Fitness Center Building. Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

CODE RED:

Please register for CodeRED through the local County Sheriff’s Office El Dorado County Code Red: https://ready.edso.org/
Amador County CodeRED: www.amadorsheriff.org/administration-division/codered.

Evacuation Centers

El Dorado County

Shelter – Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA
Shelter – Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA
Shelter – Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA

Nevada

Shelter – Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

Animal Evacuation Centers

El Dorado County

El Dorado County Animal Services (small animals, 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs, CA. For animal evacuation questions or assistance call (530) 621-5795.
Saureel Vineyards (large animals), 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA (530) 621-5795

Amador County

South County Large Animal Rescue (SCLAR), Amador County Fairgrounds (large and farm animals). El Dorado County residents only. 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA
Amador County Animal Response Team- ACART, Amador County Fairgrounds (large and small animals). 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA. For Amador County residents only. (209) 257-9444

Nevada

Douglas County Animal Services (small animal), 921 Dump Road, Gardnerville, NV. (775) 782-9061
East to West Coast Grooming, 1368 Hwy 395, Unit B1, Gardnerville, NV. (775) 450-1743
Douglas County Animal Services (livestock), Douglas County Fairgrounds, 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville, NV. (775) 782-9061

August 28, 2021 at 10:18 AM

Two thermal cameras are in place for the Caldor Fire to help firefighters see active flames through the dense smoke that hampers efforts to knock down the blaze. ALERTWildfire crews from the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and DigitalPath, a wireless Internet service provider based in Chico, California, installed the second camera Friday, Aug. 27 at Angel’s Roost at the top of the Heavenly Mountain Resort overlooking the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Sierra Nevada to the west. More info: https://yubanet.com/regional/thermal-cameras-installed-by-alertwildfire-to-help-firefighters-see-through-caldor-fire-smoke/

August 28, 2021 at 8:31 AM

The nighttime inversion layer returned bringing a reduction in fire spread, spotting, and visibility. Down-canyon winds and low humidity increased fire activity in Division D. Firing operations continued in the Eastern flanks, while firefighters took advantage of the slow easterly winds to improve control lines.

Terrain continues to be challenging for fire crews throughout the fire. Damage inspection teams continue to inspect properties and infrastructure throughout the area.

Local Assistance Center:

  • Address: 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. Located at Folsom Lake Community College, El Dorado Campus, Fitness Center Building.
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

August 27, 2021 at 7:32 PM

Evacuation Routes:

• Residents evacuating the area should exit Westbound on Pleasant Valley Road or Northwest on Bucks Bar Road.

Evacuation Order effective immediately:

El Dorado County
• Pleasant Valley Road and all intersecting roads extending south from Newtown Road to the intersection of E-16 (Mt Aukum Road).
• All roads accessed from E-16 (Mt Aukum Road) between Pleasant Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.
• This includes all roads and residences accessed from Moon-Shadow and Gopher Hole Road off Bucks Bar Road.

NOTES:

This Evacuation Order does not include the residences off Pleasant Valley Road West of Newtown Road to include Pleasant Valley Middle School, Michael Way, and all roads to Four Seasons Road

Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/EDSOEVAC for an online evacuation map. All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

August 27, 2021 at 6:48 PM

Active fire behavior today with torching, uphill runs and spotting. Multiple K-12 schools threatened. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect. Repopulation occurring where safely possible. Substantial damage to utility infrastructure reported. Threat remains to structures, power and communication infrastructure, ENF facilities and AEU Headquarters, private timberland, grazing and agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, to the Miwok historical and cultural sites. State Highway 50 remains closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impact to multiple critical watersheds.

August 27, 2021 at 6:53 AM

The Northeast areas of the fire remained the most active overnight due to poor humidity recovery. The fire experienced short-range spotting that aligned with nighttime flow patterns producing several new ignitions within the control lines. Additionally, passive crown fires were common in the Northeastern, and Eastern areas of the incident. Critical fuel conditions, steep and rugged terrain still present a challenge for firefighters. Crews continued with the firing operation to improve and strengthen control lines.

August 26, 2021 at 7:08 PM

The main fire spread was on the Northeast side along Highway 50 and the community of Strawberry. Low humidity and up-canyon winds contributed to spotting distances of up to half of a mile, while aiding the fire spread. Passive crown fires were common in the north, northeastern, and eastern areas of the incident. The winds subsided in the early afternoon, allowing the relative humidity to recover. Crews continued with the firing operation to improve and strengthen control lines.

August 26, 2021 at 7:06 PM

The El Dorado County animal shelter in South Lake Tahoe has been temporarily closed. Staff are working to set up alternate sites for evacuated animals.

August 26, 2021 at 7:01 PM

Active fire behavior today with long-range-spotting, torching and crowning. Multiple K-12 schools threatened. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect. Repopulation occurring where safely possible. Substantial damage to utility infrastructure reported. Threat remains to structures, power and communication infrastructure, ENF facilities and AEU Headquarters, private timberland, grazing and agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, to the Miwok historical and cultural sites. State Highway 50 remains closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impact to multiple critical watersheds.

August 26, 2021 at 10:10 AM

Update to Evacuation Orders, Warnings, and Road Closures
WHEN: Effective Immediately
WHERE: El Dorado and Alpine Counties

Road Closures:
• The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).

Evacuation Routes:
• Residents evacuating the area should use Highway 50 East.

Evacuation Order:

El Dorado County
• From Twin Bridges east to Echo Summit
• From Highway 50 South to Amador/Alpine County line
• From Highway 50 North to Flag Pole Peak.

Evacuation Warnings:

El Dorado County
• Christmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit
• Highway 89 due West to Watershed Ridge and South to the Amador/El Dorado County line.

Alpine County
• Highway 89 South from Luther Pass Road to the Pickets Junction (Highway 88).
• West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood.

Evacuation Shelter:

Nevada
• A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating from the area at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV.

Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/EDSOEVAC for an online evacuation map.
All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect

August 26, 2021 at 9:27 AM

El Dorado County officials today announced the scheduled opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) this Friday, August 27th to provide County and State services, information and resource referrals to individuals, families and businesses impacted by the Caldor fire.

The LAC is located at Folsom Lake Community College, El Dorado campus, Fitness Center Building at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. It will be in operation on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, August 27, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Monday, August 30 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 31 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 1, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, September 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Representatives from the County Assessor, Recorder-Clerk, Library, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Planning and Building, and Elections departments will be on hand starting Friday to answer questions. Other County offices will have flyers and other materials. Representatives from the State are expected the week of August 30th.

Representatives from State agencies such as the California Office of Emergency Services, Department of Insurance, Department of Motor Vehicles and others are expected to be present.

Operational hours for the weeks following September 3rd will be provided at a later date.

August 26, 2021 at 7:11 AM

Throughout the evening hours and overnight, the fire remained active in the Northeast with most growth occurring in Divisions I and J. Critical fuel conditions, steep and rugged terrain still present a challenge for crews. Firefighters are continuing with the firing operations in Divisions A and W to help strengthen control lines. Winds over the fire will be moderate causing a slight reduction in fire behavior, however fire conditions still remain active and challenging.

August 25, 2021 at 7:32 PM

Today the Northeast section of the fire continued to grow, adjacent to Highway 50 and Twin Bridges, due to up-canyon winds and spotting. Critical fuel conditions, steep and rugged terrain still present a challenge for firefighters. Overall, the fire experienced slight growth throughout the day while firefighters worked to strengthen containment and control lines. Firefighters will experience overnight cooler temperatures, and a slight increase in relative humidity, which will aid in firefighting efforts. Additionally, the incident continues to receive more resources that will assist in mitigation.

August 25, 2021 at 7:20 AM

Control objectives (no change)

  • Keep the fire North of HWY 88 and Shake Ridge Rd
  • Keep the fire South of Wentworth Springs Rd
  • Keep the fire East of E16 and Fiddletown Rd
  • Keep the fire West of HWY 89

The change in wind patterns in the early hours of the evening decreased fire behavior throughout the incident. This allowed firing teams to progress through Division A, D, and W, strengthening and improving the control lines. Throughout the Southwest and the Northeastern areas of the fire, spot fires continued to be found around the perimeter. The steep drainages and canyons in the region continued to aid erratic winds and hamper control efforts.

A slow backing fire was observed along the northern sections as the fire progressed down towards the American River along Hwy 50. During the evening hours in the southern portion of the fire, minor fire growth was seen in Divisions R, P, and T.

August 24, 2021 at 9:31 PM

The fire was active in the early portion of the day due to the inversion layer lifting rapidly. The Northeast side of the fire saw the most movement towards Hwy 50 and Twin Bridges aided by up canyon winds and spotting distances up to a half mile away. In areas that were in alignment with winds, passive crown fire runs were seen. Throughout the incident spot fires continued to be found with the large spot fire north of Hwy 50 growing moderately due to rollout. With the moderate break in weather, crews continued to improve and strengthen containment lines.

August 24, 2021 at 6:03 PM

Damage inspections are in progress with approximately 45% of the current fire perimeter inspected to date. 461 single family homes, 11 commercial properties and 165 other structures destroyed. One school, one church, a post office, and two fire stations (Grizzly Flats Forest Service and Pioneer F.D Station 35) were destroyed.

The El Dorado County Office of Education has issued school closures for all sites in the Camino Union School District, Gold Oak Union School District, Indian Diggings School District, Pioneer Union School District, Pollock Pines Elementary School District, and Silver Fork School District

The following repeaters, used by CAL FIRE and local government agencies, are all threatened: Alder Ridge Repeater, Leek Springs Repeater, Willow Repeater, Union Hill Repeater

Public safety facilities threatened include Pioneer Fire Protection District Stations, Amador-El Dorado Unit Headquarters, and the Eldorado National Forest-Pacific Ranger Station.

HWY 50 is closed from Sly Park to Myers. HWY 50 is a major Trans-Sierra highway vital to commerce, tourism, and emergency evacuation. Additional road closures are in place around the fire area with traffic control points in place.

August 24, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Overall, the fire activity through the night was moderate, with some significant terrain-driven runs in Division W. The up-canyon southwest winds decreased and moderate overnight humidity recovery allowed firefighters to engage in direct control tactics while advancing indirect line construction. We continued to have passive crown fire runs in the Northeast and in steep drainages, causing small spot fires to develop throughout the evening.

August 23, 2021 at 7:33 PM

The fire became active in the early portion of the day due to the inversion layer lifting rapidly. As the day progressed the weather improved allowing crews to continue building containment lines, while strengthening control lines throughout various areas of the fire.

Passive crown fires were common in areas that were in alignment with the upcanyon winds. Large diameter, fire weakened timber continues to release in all areas causing rollout, blocking travel, and producing an abundant ember cast. Ignitions were easily established in the very dry receptive fuel bed.

17,488 structures threatened.

August 23, 2021 at 6:39 PM

Active fire behavior with long-range spotting and crowning observed. Multiple K-12 schools threatened. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect. Repopulation occurring where safely possible. Threat to structures, power and communication infrastructure. State Highway 50 is closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Unified Command: Eldorado N.F and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik). Nimo team (Reinarz) on order with a schedule inbrief 8/25.

August 23, 2021 at 3:25 PM

Nevada State Parks has been continuously monitoring the Caldor Fire, currently burning southwest of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The fire has produced increasingly hazardous air quality for Northern Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Basin. The air quality forecasts predict a continuation of these hazardous conditions through the upcoming week.

In an abundance of caution for our staff, visitors, and public safety personnel working to battle this fire, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park will close, beginning Monday August 23, 2021 and is anticipated to re-open Friday August 27, 2021, depending on conditions.

This closure includes all Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park management units:

  • Sand Harbor
  • Spooner Lake
  • Spooner Backcountry, including Marlette/Hobart Backcountry
  • Cave Rock
  • Van Sickle

Nevada State Parks will continue to monitor the fire and air quality conditions and re-open the parks when it is safe to do so.

August 23, 2021 at 7:20 AM

17,488 structures are threatened. Fire activity was moderate overnight. Overnight downslope winds, low temperatures, and moderate humidity levels aided in slowing fire spread. Crews continue to encounter heavy down and drought-stressed fuels that are extremely receptive to spotting.

Control Objectives

  • Keep the fire North of HWY 88 and Shake Ridge Rd
  • Keep the fire South of Wentworth Springs Rd
  • Keep the fire East of E16 and Fiddletown Rd
  • Keep the fire West of HWY 89

Weather: Temperatures will be in the low 80’s with minimum relative humidity 27-32%. Winds will be out of the southwest 4-9mph gusting to 15mph after 11:00. Ridgetop winds will be gusty from the south southwest 9- 13mph. Winds will slow overnight returning to the diurnal flow down canyon 2-6mph, and return to the south flow up canyon in the early morning. Nighttime temperature will be in the mid 50’s with humidity rising up to 50-55%. Clear air will signal the break up of the inversion and increase potential of fire activity.

Group tree torching is expected with rates of spread up to 64 ft/min

Spotting will occur throughout the shift due to the southwest winds and abundant surface and ladder fuels in conjunction with very receptive fuel beds.

Multiple drainages containing heavy fuels are in alignment with the winds and topography and will produce critical rates of spread and long-range ember cast.

Fire activity will moderate overnight allowing for good windows of opportunity to conduct firing operations and direct line control tactics.

Air operations: Smoke clearing in the early morning, with increased visibility and increased fire activity by 11 :00. Transport winds out of the south southwest 15mph with a mixing height of 6,000′ AGL. Expect erratic winds across the ridgetops. Air resources may be limited or ineffective due to the increased winds and reduced visibility.

August 22, 2021 at 7:17 PM

33,058 people evacuated, 15,980 structures threatened.

One school, one church, a post office, and two fire stations (Grizzly Flats Forest Service and Pioneer F.D Station 35) were destroyed.

Substantial critical utility infrastructure damage and destruction has occurred in the Grizzly Flats area. Damage assessment is underway. PG&E currently has apx 3,000 customers without power.

Increased numbers of structures threatened came from the addition of Amador County data for the evacuation warning already in place.

Increased numbers of structures threatened came from the addition of Amador County data for the evacuation warning already in place.

August 22, 2021 at 6:48 PM

Active fire behavior this evening with the increase SW winds causing long-range spotting. Multiple K-12 schools threatened. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect. Threat to structures, power and communication infrastructure. State Highway 50 is closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect.

August 22, 2021 at 4:43 PM

Due to the complexity of the fire and the persistent hazards that remain, Evacuation Orders and Warnings will remain in place. Areas must be made safe before displaced residents can return to their properties. Some of the hazards that must be mitigated prior to residents returning home are the removal and repair of downed power lines. communication and water lines, and the removal of dead and down trees in the area. Repopulation timelines are difficult to estimate due to shifting weather conditions, unpredictable fire activity, and the availability of resources to make areas safe for reentry.

With ever-changing conditions and minimal containment. communities on the perimeter of the fire remain at risk. These communities will remain under Evacuation Orders and Warnings until the risk to the public has been safely mitigated. As conditions within the Evacuation Warnings and Orders change, the areas will be reevaluated daily for possible re population in a timely manner.

August 22, 2021 at 7:49 AM

The fire activity was moderate overnight due to the Southwest winds decreasing and moderate overnight humidity recovery. Spot fires continued to develop throughout the evening. Down canyon breezes and a minor inversion layer decreased the fire behavior and growth in the southern portions of the fire.

The Red Flag Warning ended at 8 pm 8/21/2021. Fire-damaged timber continues to release in all areas causing rollout and ember cast. Ignitions are established easily in the very dry receptive fuel bed.

August 21, 2021 at 7:42 PM

The fire activity in the early portion of the day increased due to the strong winds from the Southwest. The National Weather Service initiated a RED FLAG WARNING from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for strong southwest winds and low humidity. The main fire spread was to the northeast, aided by the winds and spotting of up to one mile.

Fire-damaged timber continues to release in all areas causing rollout and ember cast. Ignitions are established easily in the very dry receptive fuel bed.

August 21, 2021 at 6:49 PM

33,058 people are evacuated. Damage inspections are in progress with apx 15% of the fire perimeter being inspected to date. Inspections were hampered by an increase in fire activity in the area. Reconciliation with the county website will be ongoing.

Under the current Southwest flow, smoke from the Caldor fire is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin causing periods of Unhealthy to Very Unhealthy Air Quality Index (AQI) readings in locations within the Placer County Air Pollution Control District and the El Dorado Air Quality Management District in California. Additionally, select locations within the following counties in Nevada are being impacted with periods of Unhealthy to Hazardous AQI readings: Washoe, Carson City, and Douglas counties.

August 21, 2021 at 6:36 PM

Fire behavior remained active with crown runs and long range spotting reported. There is a Red Flag Warning issued for gusty winds and low RH. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect. Threat to structures, power and communication infrastructure. State Highway 50 is closed with additional road trail and area closures in effect.

August 21, 2021 at 5:54 PM

Night-operation capable helicopters will be available again tonight, but use will depend on visibility both on the dip zones and the fire line.

August 21, 2021 at 5:20 PM

During the briefing, the incident team stressed they do not expect the fire to merge with the Tamrack Fire. They are liaising with South Lake Tahoe but there are no evacuations in that area at this time.

August 21, 2021 at 5:18 PM

Power has been shut off from Fresh Pond to Tahoe after the fire crossed Hwy 50 near Kyburz.

August 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM

August 21, 2021 at 3:52 PM

Additional evacuation orders issued for areas south of Farnham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport Scholl Road to the Amador County line.

August 21, 2021 at 12:04 PM

El Dorado County Sheriff, in collaboration with CAL FIRE, has released a map displaying properties that have been inspected for any damage or any that have been destroyed by the Caldor Fire. This process is NOT complete and is ongoing. The map includes a list of damaged and destroyed structures provided by CAL FIRE’s Damage Inspection Teams. Damage inspections, including locations, are preliminary and numerous sites still require confirmation. The CAL FIRE Damage Inspection Teams are working as quickly as possible to supply the needed information to those that were or have been evacuated. The icons on the map indicate the current known status of the structure. The map will be updated every day at 9:00 a.m. to reflect the validated collection points from the day prior. You can find the map at the following link https://www.edcgov.us/Pages/Caldor-Fire.aspx.

August 21, 2021 at 8:36 AM

The Douglas County (NV) Community and Senior Center is currently opening its doors as a precautionary measure at the request of El Dorado County, California to take in evacuees from the Caldor Fire. At this time, the fire has not reached Douglas County. The Red Cross will be arriving at the Community Center to assist any evacuees starting at 8:00 a.m. on August 21, 2021. The Douglas County Community Center will be suspending all programs until further notice including senior dinning. Drive through Meals on Wheels will be made available. We are asking for the public patience and understanding while we assist our neighboring County.

August 21, 2021 at 7:12 AM

15,000 homes are threatened, 29,967 people are evacuated.

The El Dorado County Office of Education has issued school closures for all sites in the Camino Union School District, Gold Oak Union School District, Indian Diggings School District, Pioneer Union School District, Pollock Pines Elementary School District, and Silver Fork School District.

Alder Ridge Repeater, Leek Springs Repeater, Willow Repeater, Union Hill Repeater are threatened.

The Grizzly Flats CSD has been heavily impacted by the fire including water storage and distribution infrastructure. The district receives water from surface collection and diversions, both of which are impacted and could result in the loss of water supply to approximately 1,200 customers.

The El Dorado Irrigation District operates a 23-mile conveyance system of critical importance for the supply of 1/3 of the district’s water supply for consumptive use and provides water to generate hydroelectric power. EID does not pump water from wells but instead uses surface water only. The water in the conveyance is from EID’s four mountain reservoirs and is very valuable because of the critically dry hydrological conditions facing El Dorado County. The value to replace this asset is over $68 million dollars but the time to replace damaged or burned flumes could take up to a year. EID also operates a Diversion Facility in Kyburz that diverts the water from the South Fork of the American River to the 23-mile. The importance of this is the same as the canal. Population served is approximately 130,000.

The fire remained active in all areas overnight with short-range spotting and rollout continuing to increase the fire perimeter. Winds decreased during the evening hours and returned to a Southerly flow allowing for continued growth in the Northeastern areas of the fire. Due to very dry receptive fuel beds, the vegetation is igniting easily throughout the fire area. The increase of relative humidity allowed for firing operations to help strengthen control and containment lines.

With historic drought conditions there is heavy dead and down fuels throughout the fire area. Northern California remains under Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory. Due to ongoing damage assessment of the area the numbers of destroyed and damaged structures are subject to change. Damage inspections are in progress with apx 15% of the fire perimeter being inspected to date.

August 20, 2021 at 8:10 PM

There was an increase in fire activity due to wind shifts in a southerly direction. The main fire spread was in a northeasterly direction towards Highway 50. Fire-damaged timber continues to cause rollout and ember cast that is aiding spotting distances up to a half-mile long in all areas. Due to very dry receptive fuel beds, the vegetation is igniting easily throughout the fire area.

With historic drought conditions there is heavy dead and down fuels through the fire area. Northern California remains under Fuels and Fire Behavior advisory. Due to ongoing damage assessment of the area the numbers of destroyed and damaged structures are subject to change.

El Dorado County Mandatory Evacuations Orders:

  • Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly Flats Proper. The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House, Sweeney Road, Caldor Road, and steely Ridge.

• Grizzly Flats Road east of four corners in Somerset into Grizzly Flats Proper.

  • The areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road, Snowbird Lane, and Mehwald Lane.

• East of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.

• North of Highway 50 ,east of Forebay Road to Ice House Road.

• Intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven , the East side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch, and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.

• All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Hwy 88.

• The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail

• South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House Road.

• Between Highway 50 and Slab Creek from Snows Road to Ice House Road.

  • South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of Kyburz.

• North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, and Loon Lake.

Evacuation Warnings:

-North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.

• Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.

• North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.

• South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and North of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.

• South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.

• Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.

• East of Mt Aukum Road (E16) from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.

• South of Omo Ranch to the El Dorado County Line between Mt Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and all tributary roads.

• North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.

• Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.

• North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.

• Silver Fork Road in Kyburz east to Twin Bridges.

• North and south in a line extending from Twin Bridges to the Placer County line and south to the Amador County line.

Amador County – Evacuation Warnings

  • Shenandoah Road at the Amador County line west through the River Pines community, continuing west on Shenandoah Road to Ostrom Road. South on Ostrom Road to Jibboom Street, West on Jibboom Street to Fiddletown Road. East on Fiddletown Road to Hale Road. South on Hale Road to Shake Ridge Road.
  • East on Shake Ridge Road to Charleston Road. South on Charleston Road to the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn Grade. Due east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road.
  • Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road. East on Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs Reservoir. Due north from the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir to Highway 88.
  • South of the El Dorado-Amador County line with a western border of Highway 88 due south to the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir.
  • Southern border of the Calaveras County line.
  • Eastern border of the Alpine County line.

August 20, 2021 at 5:57 PM

Amador County Sheriff: The Amador County Sheriff’s Office has updated our “Evacuation Warning Zone” and added the area south of the El Dorado-Amador County line with a western border starting at the intersection of Hwy 88 and Tragedy Springs Road, moving due south to the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir. A southern border of the Calaveras County line and an eastern border of the Alpine County Line. Please refer to the attached map and find the new evacuation warning area shaded in yellow with red lines running through it. The original evacuation warning area (shaded in yellow) released on August 18th is still in effect.

August 20, 2021 at 4:50 PM

Effective Immediately

Road Closures

At 4:30 p.m. today, Friday, August 20, 2021, Highway 50 will be closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to Twin Bridges.

Highway 50 will be open between Meyers and Twin Bridges for local residents only who reside between Meyers and Twin Bridges. These residents will be subject to providing identification and proof of residency. No traffic will be allowed west past Twin Bridges.

Evacuation Warnings

The following evacuation warnings are being issued today, Friday, August 20, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

• From the evacuation order line in Twin Bridges east to the Echo Summit and from Highway 50 south to the Amador and Alpine County lines and north to the Placer County line.

• Dry Lakes Section: This section is north of Wentworth Springs Road up to the Placer County line and the remaining section of El Dorado County south of Placer County to Loon Lake.

Evacuation Orders

The following mandatory evacuation orders are being issued starting today, Friday, August 20, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.
• Silver Fork Road in Kyburz east to Twin Bridges.
• North and south in a line extending from Twin Bridges to the Placer County line and south to the Amador County line.

Anyone under a mandatory evacuation order in Kyburz or east of Kyburz will evacuate east on Highway 50 towards Lake Tahoe. Anyone under a mandatory evacuation order to the west of Kyburz will need to evacuate west on Highway 50 towards Placerville.

NOTES:

A mandatory evacuation order is defined as an immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.

An evacuation warning is defined as a potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

A resident only closure is defined as a soft closure with the additional allowance of residents and local government agencies assisting with response and recovery.

All remaining Evacuation Orders and Evacuation Warnings remain in place.

August 20, 2021 at 10:49 AM

Recon flight over the fire states not much growth, except for the northeast corner, in Divisions H and J, south of Kyburz. Fire is backing down, not torching or running.

August 20, 2021 at 7:30 AM

Throughout the night, there was active fire with short range spotting and rollout was still occurring in steep drainages from fire weakened timber. With historic drought conditions there is heavy dead and down fuels through the fire area. Northern California remains under fuels and fire behavior advisory.

Due to ongoing damage assessment of the area the numbers of destroyed and damaged structures are subject to change.

Amador County Evacuation Warnings

• Shenandoah Road at the Amador County line west through the River Pines
• community, continuing west on Shenandoah Road to Ostrom Road.
• South on Ostrom Road to Jibboom Street, West on Jibboom Street to Fiddletown Road.
• East on Fiddletown Road to Hale Road. South on Hale Road to Shake Ridge Road.
• East on Shake Ridge Road to Charleston Road.
• South on Charleston Road to the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn Grade.
• Due east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road.
• Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road.
• East on Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs Reservoir. Due north from the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir to Highway 88.

El Dorado County – Evacuation Orders

• Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly
• Flats Proper. The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House, Sweeney Road, Caldor Road, and steely Ridge.
• Grizzly Flats Road east of four corners in somerset into Grizzly Flats Proper.
• The areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road, Snowbird Lane, and Mehwald Lane.
• East of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.
• North of Highway 50, east of Forebay Road to Ice House Road.
• Intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven, the East side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch, and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.
• All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Hwy 88.
• The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail
• South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
• Between Highway 50 and Slab Creek from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
• South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of Kyburz.
• North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, and Loon Lake

El Dorado County – Evacuation Warnings

• North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
• Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.
• North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.
• South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and North of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.
• South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.
• Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.
• East of Mt Aukum Road (E16) from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.
• South of Omo Ranch to the El Dorado County Line between Mt Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and all tributary roads.

August 20, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Active fire behavior overnight with torching and short-range spotting reported. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain in effect. Threat to structures, power and communication infrastructure, private timberland, grazing lands, agricultural lands, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural Native American sites. Threat to Hwy 50 with additional road trail and area closures in effect. Impacts to the Consumes watershed and the Mokelumne Wilderness Class 1 Airshed. Unified Command: Eldorado N.F and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik).

August 19, 2021 at 7:20 PM

The fire activity subsided due to the strong inversion layer early in the day but became active after 3:00 p.m. The fire continues to make runs in the steep drainages with the aid of the large amounts of dead and down material.

There is a heavy dead and down component with drought-stressed fuels. Live fuels are cured to levels usually seen in late September, and fuels are extremely receptive to spotting. Fuel moistures are historically low.

Evacuation centers:

Shelter
Green Valley Community Church
3500 Missouri Flat Road
Placerville, CA

Temporary Evacuation Point
Amador County Fairgrounds
18621 Sherwood Street
Plymouth, CA

Shelter
Evelynn Bishop Hall
701 Hwy 124
Ione, CA
855-755-7711

Shelter
Rolling Hills Church
800 White Rock Road
El Dorado Hills, CA

El Dorado County Animal Services (small animals)
6435 Capitol Ave.
Diamond Springs, CA
For animal evacuation questions or assistance call (530) 621-5795

Saureel Vineyards (large animals)
1140 Cold Springs Road
Placerville, CA
(530) 621-5795

August 19, 2021 at 6:49 PM

Damage assessment is ongoing, the number of structures destroyed is bound to change. 98 residences, 1 commercial property and 5 outbuildings have been confirmed destroyed. Fire activity was moderate through the early afternoon, then picked up.

August 19, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Firewatch (IR mapping aircraft) over the fire, states some activity on the northeast side. Other reported activity, including a new start near Aloha Lake, are just drift smoke, no heat signatures.

August 19, 2021 at 1:17 PM

Forest Service Cobra helicopter, with IR capabilities, is flying the eastern perimeter of the fire.

August 19, 2021 at 9:20 AM

No aircraft on the fire at this time due to poor visibility.

August 19, 2021 at 9:10 AM

The Red Cross has opened up an additional shelter at District Church, 7000 Rossmore Ln in El Dorado Hills CA 95762.

August 19, 2021 at 6:56 AM

CAL FIRE update: Fire growth was moderated overnight due to increased humidity. Spotting and rollout continued to be the main contributor to fire spread throughout the evening. Spot fires remain hidden for long durations due to dense timber stands and limited road access.

For the next operational period fire behavior will increase in the afternoon when the inversion layer lifts. Expect multiple new spot fires in the North and Northeast areas of the incident, causing potential fire growth. Red Flag Warning ends at 11:00 a.m.

August 19, 2021 at 6:51 AM

Moderate overnight fire activity.

August 18, 2021 at 9:01 PM

Today, the fire continued to make runs in several steep drainages with the aid of the large amounts of dry vegetation. The fire’s most significant growth was in the northeast corner, south of Highway 50, although there was some growth in all divisions. The communities in proximity to the Caldor Fire experienced multiple evacuations yesterday due to the fast-moving fire. The Damage Assessment Team has begun evaluating areas.

Amador County Evacuation Warnings:

Shenandoah Road at the Amador County line west through the River Pines community, continuing west on Shenandoah Road to Ostrom Road. South on Ostrom Road to Jibboom Street, West on Jibboom Street to Fiddletown Road. East on Fiddletown Road to Hale Road. South on Hale Road to Shake Ridge Road. East on Shake Ridge Road to Charleston Road. South on Charleston Road to the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn Grade. Due east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road. Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road. East on Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs Reservoir. Due north from the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir to Highway 88.

El Dorado County – Orders

  • Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly
  • Flats Proper. The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House, Sweeney Road, Caldor Road, and steely Ridge.
  • Grizzly Flats Road east of four corners in somerset into Grizzly Flats Proper.
  • The areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road, Snowbird Lane, and Mehwald Lane. East of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.
  • North of Highway 50, east of Forebay Road to Ice House Road. Intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven, the East side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch, and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.
  • All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Hwy 88.
  • The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail
  • South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
  • Between Highway 50 and Slab Creek from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
  • South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of Kyburz.
  • North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, and Loon Lake.

Evacuation Warnings:

  • North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
  • Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.
  • North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.
  • South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and North of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.
  • South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.
  • Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.
  • East of Mt Aukum Road (E16) from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.
  • South of Omo Ranch to the El Dorado County Line between Mt Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and all tributary roads.
  • North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
  • Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.
  • North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.
  • South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and North of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.

August 18, 2021 at 8:42 PM

The El Dorado Community Foundation has established the Caldor Fire Fund to provide relief to individuals and families who have been impacted by mandatory evacuations and loss of property as a result of the Caldor Fire. El Dorado Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and 100% of any donation made to the Caldor Fire Fund will go to benefit those who have been impacted and will continue to be impacted by this devastating fire. To donate, visit: https://edcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1792

Additionally, the El Dorado Community Foundation has established an application process for those impacted to apply for immediate financial assistance to address immediate needs within the community. To apply for assistance from the Caldor Fire Fund, visit: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/75567-El-Dorado-Community-Foundation

August 18, 2021 at 6:52 PM

42,048 people are under evacuation orders or warnings. Structure loss in the area of Grizzly Flat. Unknown number of structures and homes damaged and destroyed. Damage assessments are underway.

There is a heavy dead and down component with drought-stressed fuels. Live fuels are cured to levels normally seen in late September, and fuels are extremely receptive to spotting. Fuel moistures are historically low.

August 18, 2021 at 5:01 PM

Amador County Evacuation Warnings

Shenandoah Road at the Amador County line west through the River Pines community, continuing west on Shenandoah Road to Ostrom Road. South on Ostrom Road to Jibboom Street, West on Jibboom Street to Fiddletown Road. East on Fiddletown Road to Hale Road. South on Hale Road to Shake Ridge Road. East on Shake Ridge Road to Charleston Road. South on Charleston Road to the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn Grade. Due east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road. Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road. East on Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs Reservoir. Due north from the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir to Highway 88.

If needed, evacuation sites within Amador County will be located at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth and Evelyn Bishop Hall in Ione with overflow RV parking available at Lake Pardee. These sites are not open at this time.

Updated Shelter Locations

Evacuation Shelter
El Dorado Community Center
6139 Pleasant Valley Rd. El Dorado, CA

Large Animal Evacuation Shelter
Saureel Vineyards
1140 Cold Springs Rd. Placerville, CA

For assistance with transporting large animals to the shelter call: (916)439-2268 or (530)306-3159

August 18, 2021 at 4:59 PM

Community meeting at the Placerville Base

August 18, 2021 at 1:56 PM

Customers normally served by the following post offices below are directed to Diamond Springs Post Office for mail pick up.

Grizzly Flats Post Office, 4991 Sciaroni Road, Grizzly Flats, CA 95636
Pollock Pines Post Office, 2669 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
Kyburz Post Office, 13672 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA 95720
Twin Bridges Post Office, 17481 Highway 50, Twin Bridges, CA 95735

· Diamond Springs Post Office, 4946 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619; Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5 pm.

Customers are reminded to bring proper photo ID to make mail and package pickups.

August 18, 2021 at 12:52 PM

The Grass Valley Air Attack Base is closing due to near zero visibility.

August 18, 2021 at 9:03 AM

El Dorado County: The Rubicon Trail is closed until further notice due to Caldor fire and the Forest Service order. Emergency response personnel are unavailable, so please respect this closure.

August 18, 2021 at 7:43 AM

The Caldor Fire continued to experience unprecedented fire behavior and growth due to extremely dry fuels pushed by the south west winds. A red flag warning is still in effect for the fire area through 8:00 PM tonight with winds switching to the northeast. These winds, combined with low humidity and extremely dry fuels, lead to critical fire weather conditions.

The communities in proximity to the Caldor Fire experienced multiple evacuations yesterday due to the fast-moving fire. Some structures were damaged or destroyed. Structure assessment teams will be evaluating these areas as soon as it is safe for them to do so.

The rapidly changing, complexity and immediate needs of the incident have prevented assessing the quantity of resources resulting in no reported changes to the documented numbers in this update. We received additional resources and immediately utilized them on the fire. Significant resources have been ordered to be assigned to this incident.

Evacuation Orders

  • Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly Flats Proper. The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House, Sweeney Road, Caldor Road, and steely Ridge.
  • Grizzly Flats Road east of four corners in somerset into Grizzly Flats Proper. The areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road, Snowbird Lane, and Mehwald Lane.
  • East of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.
  • North of Highway 50 ,east of Forebay Road to Ice House Road.
  • Intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven , the East side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch, and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.
  • All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Hwy 88.
  • The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail
  • South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
  • Between Highway 50 and Slab Creek from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
  • South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of Kyburz.
  • North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, and Loon Lake.

Evacuation Warnings

  • North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
  • Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.
  • North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.
  • South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and North of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.
  • South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.
  • Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.
  • East of Mt Aukum Road (E16) from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.
  • South of Omo Ranch to the El Dorado County Line between Mt Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and all tributary roads.
  • North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
  • Mosquito Road from the bridge North to include the Community of Swansboro.
  • North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road.
  • South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and North of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.
  • South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.
  • Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.
  • East of Mt Aukum Road (E16) from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.
  • South of Omo Ranch to the El Dorado County Line between Mt Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and all tributary roads.

Evacuation Centers

  • Cameron Park CSD Evacuation Shelter, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park
  • Green Valley Church Evacuation Shelter. 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., Placerville
  • Diamond Springs Fire Hall Evacuation Center is full.

August 18, 2021 at 7:02 AM

Extreme fire behavior with crown runs and spotting reported overnight. A Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low RH through this evening. Additional Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Threat to power and communication infrastructure, private timberland, grazing lands, agricultural lands, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural Native American sites. Threat to Hwy 50. Impacts to the Consumes watershed and the Mokelumne Wilderness Class 1 Airshed. Unified Command: Eldorado N.F and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik).

August 18, 2021 at 6:42 AM

IR map acreage puts the fire at 53,772 acres.

In response to the extreme fire behavior demonstrated by the Caldor Fire, and risks to public and firefighter safety, Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais has issued an emergency forest closure of all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails within the Eldorado National Forest. The forest-wide closure — Forest Order No. 03-21-14 – will be in effect August 17, 2021, through September 30, 2021 to facilitate unimpeded ingress and egress for evacuations, emergency response, and property access. The closure will also limit the public’s exposure to fire danger and impaired visibility due to smoke.

August 17, 2021 at 9:49 PM

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that California has secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress the Caldor Fire, hours after the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency for El Dorado County. The Caldor Fire has to date burned more than 22,000 acres of state and private land, threatening approximately 7,500 homes in and around Pollock Pines, Grizzly Flats, Camino and Sly Park. 

August 17, 2021 at 8:57 PM

Evacuation Orders:

• Intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven
• East side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch, and all roads off of Slug Gulch & Omo Ranch
• All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Hwy 88

• All areas between Mormon Emigrant Trail and Hwy 88 Citizen

August 17, 2021 at 7:21 PM

Extreme fire behavior today with crown runs and spotting reported. A Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low RH for Tuesday afternoon thru Wednesday evening. Additional Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Cal Fire Team 6 tentative transition to command at 0700 on 8/18.

August 17, 2021 at 6:55 PM

Evacuation orders have been issued for the following areas:

Mandatory Evacuations:
•South side of Hwy 50 North of Sly Park to extend West to Snows Road
•North side of Hwy 50 from Larsen Drive to the west and Ice House to the East

Evacuation Warnings:
•Crystal Basin North of Hwy 50 to include the area of Loon Lake Ice House, and Union Valley Reservoir
•Area South of Hwy 50 from Ice House Road to Kyburz extending south to Hwy 88

Citizen Evacuation Centers

•Currently Accepting People
Cameron Park Community Services District
2502 Country Club Drive,
Cameron Park, CA 95682

•Currently Full
Diamond Springs Fire Hall
3734 China Garden
Diamond Springs, Ca

August 17, 2021 at 5:41 PM

A new shelter has been set up for people displaced by the #CaldorFire at Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat, Placerville. This is in addition to the shelter at Cameron Park Community Center.

August 17, 2021 at 5:02 PM

Community meeting has started. Latest estimate by CAL FIRE and the Forest Service puts the fire at 30,000 acres.

August 17, 2021 at 3:05 PM

August 17, 2021 at 3:01 PM

New spot fire, visible in the center of the image as smoke ahead of the main fire. Burning at a rapid rate of spread to the east at this time.

August 17, 2021 at 2:52 PM

Per CAL FIRE: On August 17, 2021 two civilians were injured during the Caldor Fire which is currently burning in El Dorado County. Please be aware that this is a dynamic and rapidly developing incident.

During the overnight period, which ended on August 17, 2021 at 7:00 am, one person was transported from the Grizzly Flats area with serious injuries. It is reported that this person approached firefighters who proceeded to provide initial medical care and requested an air ambulance, which transported the person to a hospital.

A second person also suffered severe injuries during the operational period that began on August 17, 2021. This person was also injured in the Grizzly Flats area and transported by air ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries.

August 17, 2021 at 2:28 PM

Evacuation updates coming, some warnings will become mandatory. El Dorado County evacuation map is available here.

August 17, 2021 at 1:51 PM

Air Attack is reporting several spot fires will be absorbed into the main fire soon.

August 17, 2021 at 1:31 PM

The ENF has posted a perimeter map, showing the fire at 11,103 acres. This is an estimate and fire activity is extreme at this time.

August 17, 2021 at 1:08 PM

Evacuation Orders Have Been Issued For The Following Area:

Mandatory Evacuations:
• Pollock Pines – East of Sly Park Road. South of Hwy 50 up to Ice House Road. North of Mormon Emigrant Trail (including Jenkinson’s/Sly Park Lake).

Evacuation Warnings:
• South of Hwy 50 to Pleasant Valley Road. From Sly Park Road, west to Snows Road and Newtown Road, including the community of Rancho Del Sol.

Evacuation Center:
• Diamond Springs Fire Hall is full
• Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682

Large Animal Shelter:
• Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA 95669 (Empire Street Gate)

Small Animal Shelter: Call (530) 621-5795

August 17, 2021 at 12:35 PM

Spot is to the west of the fire and moving to the north. The updated acreage figure is an estimate only.

August 17, 2021 at 12:10 PM

Tanker 89 has lifted off Grass Valley and is assigned to the fire now. Air Attack requesting a relief lead plane.

August 17, 2021 at 12:07 PM

Caldor Operations reaching out to NorthOps for engine and dozer strike teams to Division Zulu (Zule is the westernmost division).

August 17, 2021 at 11:58 AM

Spot fire now at 20-30 acres, burning at a critical rate of spread. Potential for several hundred acres, if not more. Division Zulu asking for more resources, none available.

August 17, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Air Attack is requesting several air tankers, including a Large Air Tanker and a relief air attack. Also, additional helicopters.

August 17, 2021 at 11:41 AM

Spot fire, approximately 2-3 acres, burning at a rapid rate of spread in Division Z. Immediate need for five engines and dozer.

August 17, 2021 at 11:34 AM

EDSO has issued new evacuation orders for Sly Park area and a Warning for Pollock Pines area.

August 17, 2021 at 10:35 AM

The Pollock Pines Library has been closed for the day due to threats from the fire.

August 17, 2021 at 10:13 AM

Due to current and expected fire behavior, the Caldor Fire continues to pose a high risk to several population centers and communities near the fire. This includes the potential for additional impact in the Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats. There are additional impacts predicted to Sly Park Reservoir, interstate travel routes, and evacuation routes. In addition to residential properties, commercial timberlands, vineyards, businesses, vineyards and other agricultural lands are threatened.

This is a rapidly evolving fire incident with dynamic fire behavior. Life safety of our community and firefighters, combined with the protection of property and the environment is the primary goal of the Caldor Fire Unified Commanders.

August 17, 2021 at 9:23 AM

Joe’s Skate Park is closed until further notice due to safety concerns with the parking lot and surrounding area being a staging area for fire crews.

August 17, 2021 at 8:21 AM

Structures Threatened: 2,010

Extreme fire behavior was observed overnight causing immediate mandatory evacuations in the area and structure loss was observed. The actual number of destroyed/damaged structures is undetermined as fire conditions are not yet safe to bring in damage assessment teams. The fire continues to pose a high risk to multiple populated communities. Additional evacuations orders are anticipated. The Fire is predicted to impact Sly Park Lake and interstate travel including important evacuation routes.

There is a continued threat to structures (combination of residences and outbuildings) in the communities of Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats as well as private businesses, commercial timberlands, vineyards and other agricultural lands.

This is a rapidly changing incident with dynamic fire behavior. Our primary goal is always public and fire fighter safety – be prepared.

Please register for Code Red through the local County Sheriff’s Office

El Dorado County Code Red: https://ready.edso.org/

Amador County Code Red: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFF76B488C09

Evacuation orders are in effect for the areas of Barney Ridge east of Omo Ranch community, Leoni Meadows, Pi’Pi Valley, Dogtown Creek, Caldor area east of Omo Ranch, and the Pi’Pi area to NS Road.

Grizzly Flats/Somerset- All roads off of Grizzly Flat Rd., east of Mt. Aukum Rd. in Somerset (Known as Four Corners) into Grizzly Flats Proper

Happy Valley- All roads off of Happy Valley Road, east of Mt. Aukum Rd. in Somerset to Sciaroni

Evacuation warnings are in effect for the communities of Omo Ranch Proper, Omo Ranch East and Omo Ranch South.

An evacuation center has been established at Diamond Springs Fire Hall, 3734 China Garden Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.

Animal Evacuation Centers: El Dorado County Animal Services: Call (530)-621-5795 (small animals)

For those in the impacted area with large animals, a large animal evacuation center located in Amador County at the Amador County Fairgrounds. Large Animal shelter Amador County Fairgrounds Empire at Highway 49, use the Empire Street gate.530-621-5795 or 530-647-6227

August 17, 2021 at 7:18 AM

The fire pushed north overnight into the Grizzly Flats area prompting new Evacuation Orders and Warnings. A Red Flag Warning for gusty winds and low RH for Tuesday afternoon thru Wednesday evening. Evacuation Orders and Warnings remain. Threat to power and communication infrastructure, private timberland, grazing lands, agricultural lands, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural Native American sites, impacts to the Consumes watershed and the Mokelumne Wilderness Class 1 Airshed. Unified Command: Eldorado N.F. and Amador-El Dorado Unit. Cal Fire Team 6 on order.

August 17, 2021 at 6:58 AM

Hot and dry weather will continue over the fire early this week. Winds are expected to continue increase throughout the week. Forecast winds over the next 3 days have been associated with aggressive fire growth and runs of 3+ miles are probable in the absence of an inversion.

August 17, 2021 at 6:37 AM

Evacuation Orders have been issued for the following area:

Grizzly Flats/Somerset

• All roads off of Grizzly Flat Rd., east of Mt. Aukum Rd. in Somerset (Known as Four Corners) into Grizzly Flats proper

Happy Valley

• All roads off of Happy Valley Road, east of Mt. Aukum Rd. in Somerset to Sciaroni

August 16, 2021 at 9:39 PM

The fire made aggressive runs today. A spot fire on Big Mountain Ridge contributed to a significant increase of acres burned to the east, in alignment with the Cosumnes River drainage. Access to the Cosumnes drainage is extremely difficult due to the steep rugged terrain.

Short crown runs in the tree canopy and long-range spotting are creating difficulties for firefighters. Fire crews continue working on the construction of indirect control lines on the eastern flank of the fire. Contingency line construction is also planned for north of the of the fire.

The organization is stretched due to staffing shortages and other fire incidents. The Type 3 Sacramento Regional Incident Management Team (SRIMT) has been activated and CAL FIRE has joined the US Forest Service in Unified Command.

This is a rapidly changing incident with dynamic fire behavior.

Please register for Code Red through the local County Sheriff’s Office

El Dorado County Code Red: https://ready.edso.org/
Amador County Code Red: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BFF76B488C09

August 16, 2021 at 9:20 PM

WHAT: Update to the Evacuation Orders and Warnings
WHEN: Effective Immediately
Where: Below are the updates to the evacuation orders

EVACUATION WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT for the following area:

• In the Community of Grizzly Flat
o East of the intersection of Grizzly Flat Rd and String Canyon Road
o The area east of Sciaroni Road and Capps Crossing
o North to String Canyon Road

August 16, 2021 at 8:00 PM

MANDATORY EVACUATON ORDERS have been issued for the following areas:

  • Dogtown Creek South of Caldor Road
  • Barney Ridge East of Omo Ranch Road
  • Omo Ranch Road to North South Road
  • Caldor area including North South Road
  • Pi’Pi Valley up to Armsrong Hill

EVACUATION WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT for the following area:

  • Henry Diggins off Caldor Road

SHELTER INFORMATION:

An evacuation center is open at:

The Fireman’s Hall

3734 China Garden Road

Diamond Springs, CA 95619

For small animal shelter needs, contact the El Dorado County Animal Services at (530) 621 – 5795

Active fire behavior today with short crown runs and spotting up to ½ mile observed. A Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch issued near the fire area for gusty winds and low RH for Tuesday afternoon thru Wednesday evening. Structures are threatened with Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Threat to power and communication infrastructure, private timberland, grazing lands, agricultural lands, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural Native American sites, impacts to the Consumes watershed and the Mokelumne Wilderness Class 1 Airshed. Fire is being managed under Unified Command with the Eldorado N.F and CAL Fire.

August 16, 2021 at 3:20 PM

VLAT and other tankers are working the fire. Visibility has increased, but so has fire activity.

August 16, 2021 at 10:49 AM

The Caldor Fire is burning in the steep Middle Fork Cosumnes River Canyon east of the Omo Ranch area near Sopiago Creek. Challenging terrain has made accessing the fire difficult. The fire actively burned last night with some growth on all sides but mostly to the east. The new acreage is based on an infrared flight from last night.

Direct attack was used where possible to do so safely and firefighters scouted routes for indirect line construction. Crews were also working on a large spot fire on Big Mountain Ridge. Helicopters and fixed wind aircraft are ordered for today. The nation is at Preparedness level 5 which is the highest level of fire activity and resources are stretched thin.

The Caldor Fire has utilized all available local resources and additional resources are assigned to fire operations as quickly as possible when they arrive. Additional resources have been ordered. The US Forest Service and CalFire are now in unified command of the Caldor Fire.

A Type 3 Sacramento Metro Incident Management Team will be inbriefing today to assist with management and support of the fire.

Weather: The inversion layer over the fire area resulted in reduced fire intensity and spread yesterday. The inversion is expected to lift about mid-day today significantly increasing fire activity. Smoke did not allow air tankers to operate on this fire yesterday. Today’s weather is expected to be hot (about 100 degrees), with low fuel moisture levels and westerly winds. These winds will align with the Middle Fork Cosumnes River canyon resulting in increased fire activity.

Current Situation: Today, firefighters will continue to go direct with suppression efforts where safely possible on all divisions on the fire.

Evacuations: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following:

• Evacuation orders are in effect for a 1.5 mile radius around the fire
• Evacuation warnings are in effect for portions of Omo Ranch and Leoni Meadows

An evacuation center has been established at Diamond Springs Fire Hall.

Immediate Concerns: The communities of Omo Ranch and Leoni Meadows should be on alert and prepared to evacuate.

August 16, 2021 at 7:19 AM

Active overnight fire behavior. Structures are threatened with Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Threat to power and communication infrastructure, private timberland, grazing lands, agricultural lands, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural Native American sites, the Consumes watershed and the Mokelumne Wilderness Class 1 Airshed.

Fire is being managed under Unified Command with the Eldorado N.F and CAL Fire.

August 15, 2021 at 9:43 PM

Direct attack was used where possible to do so safely and firefighters scouted routes for indirect line construction. Although ordered, fixed wing aircraft were grounded by smoke at their home bases so they could not be utilized on this fire today. Three helicopters worked with firefighters all day and are expected for tomorrow. The US Forest Service and CAL FIRE are now in unified command of the Caldor Fire. Crews are working are also working on a large spot fire on Big Mountain Ridge.

Evacuations: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following —

• Evacuation orders are in effect for a 1.5 mile radius around the fire
• Evacuation warnings are in effect for portions of Omo Ranch and Leoni Meadows

An evacuation center has been established at Diamond Springs Fire Hall.

Immediate Concerns: The communities of Omo Ranch and Leoni Meadows should be on alert and prepared to evacuate.

August 15, 2021 at 7:11 PM

Moderate fire behavior observed. Structures are threatened with Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Threat to power and communication infrastructure, private timberland, agricultural lands, critical wildlife habitat, historical and cultural sites, The Consumes watershed and The Mokelumne Wilderness Class 1 Airshed. Fire is being managed under Unified Command with the Eldorado N.F and CAL Fire.

August 15, 2021 at 6:46 PM

Planned actions: Continue to build line directly where possible, utilize aerial resources, and scout areas for indirect attack.

August 15, 2021 at 6:08 PM

The inversion over the area has moderated the weather today significantly, reducing the spread and intensity of the fire.

Thanks to Gio Giordano for sharing this video taken at Jenkinson Lake.

https://yubanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_7777.mp4

August 15, 2021 at 1:10 PM

Per Eldorado NF, updated acreage for the Caldor Fire is 300 acres.

August 15, 2021 at 9:52 AM

Caldor Air Attack is leaving the incident and returning to Chico, due to visibility.

August 15, 2021 at 9:49 AM

Caldor Air Attack is requesting a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire and is ordering two Type I helicopters.

August 15, 2021 at 9:35 AM

Air tankers 15 and 88 have been assigned to the fire, Air Attack is over the fire and requests all tankers to be held at their bases due to visibility.

August 15, 2021 at 8:47 AM

This fire is one mile east of Omo Ranchin Middle Fork Cosumnes River, burning to the east at a moderate rate of spread. Structures are threatened with Evacuation Orders and Warnings issued. Threat to private timberland. 

Mandatory evacuations for 1.5 miles around the fire, and evacuation warnings for Omo Ranch.