EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS13/AP) — Here is the latest on the Caldor Fire burning in El Dorado County:
Containment of the Caldor Fire continued to rise through Friday, now being reported at 32%. Cal Fire said the acreage burned also slightly grew to 213,270.
More evacuation orders in El Dorado County have been downgraded to warnings. Those areas are:
- 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.
Several more evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings in El Dorado County.
The following areas are now only in evacuation warnings:
-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.
-South of US Highway 50, North of Starkes Grade Road, East of Snows Road and West of Fresh Pond.
Ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend, El Dorado County is prohibiting all fires and the use of BBQs at its parks.
Starting Friday, officials say they are removing, covering or locking all BBQs at El Dorado County parks.
EFFECTIVE TODAY: #ElDoradoCountyCA parks will be removing, covering or locking all BBQs and placing signage at all parks noting that all fires and use of BBQs is prohibited. pic.twitter.com/jhaH5tFAy8
— County of El Dorado (@CountyElDorado) September 3, 2021
Favorable weather continues to help firefighters in their battle against the Caldor Fire.
As of Friday, Cal Fire reports that the wildfire has grown to 212,907 acres. Containment has also grown to 29 percent.
Crews say fire activity decreased again overnight as winds continued to stay calm. Firefighters used these favorable conditions to build more control lines along the northern edge of the wildfire.
“Things are clearly heading in the right direction for us,” a Cal Fire official said in their Friday morning incident briefing.
Still, Cal Fire says crews are still finding some spot fires that were spread when the weather was windier earlier in the week.
Previous day’s (Sept. 2) updates below:
Firefighters said lighter winds Thursday helped them to cut containment lines in the Tahoe Basin and gain ground on the Caldor Fire.
As of the night, the fire had burned 210,000 acres and containment rose to 27%.
The fire has destroyed a total of 649 homes so far.
Two men in the South Lake Tahoe area were arrested for looting. Deputies located the mean near evacuated homes and took them both into custody.
Cal Fire also said full containment of the Caldor Fire is expected in 11 days.
While fire activity is notably quieter than the past several days, crews are hard at work to take advantage of the more favorable weather.
In Christmas Valley, where Caldor Fire flames came very close to homes, firefighters are continuing to light back fires in some areas.
— DG (@CameraGuyDave1) September 2, 2021
Firefighters are pushing the flames uphill and away from homes.
Evacuation orders have been downgraded and evacuation warnings have been lifted in several areas around El Dorado County to the west of the fire.
The following areas have now moved from evacuation orders to warnings:
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.
ARNEY RIDGE – North of Omo Ranch Road, east of 8N62 Road crossing both sides of Sopiago Creek, outside the fire line.
The following areas have now had their evacuation warnings lifted:
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.
WHAT: #CaldorFire Evacuation Orders Downgraded and Evacuation Warnings Lifted WHEN: Effective Immediately
WHERE: El Dorado County Evacuation Order Update:
The following Evacuation Warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County. pic.twitter.com/kjAR7WyQca
— CAL FIRE AEU (@CALFIREAEU) September 2, 2021
Cal Fire says 80,000 gallons of fire retardant was delivered on Wednesday, with 15,000 gallons delivered overnight.
Firefighters will be still be focusing on keeping the flames out of Christmas Valley, as well as Apache and Pioneer Trail, on Thursday. Cal Fire says crews will be trying to keep the flames to the top of the hill there.
Fire in the distance of this home on Panorama Dr in Christmas Valley. Fire burning uphill away from homes. Currently no wind! @GoodDaySac @CBSSacramento @allyaredas @DinaKupfer @JohnDabkovich #CALDORFIRE #caldorefire #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/Jtxb1LESNo
— DG (@CameraGuyDave1) September 2, 2021
Containment on the Caldor Fire has now jumped to 25 percent as of Thursday morning, Cal Fire reports.
The wildfire also now totals 210,259 acres.
Firefighters say calmer winds and the return of moderate humidity helped reduce fire activity overnight. Still, some spotting did happen along the northern edge of the fire.
Crews will be working on Thursday to bolster the lines.
Cal Fire also reports that they have accounted for a total of 622 homes destroyed so far in the wildfire. Officials report that about 60 percent of structures have been inspected.
Previous day’s (Sept. 1) updates below:
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday secured a presidential emergency declaration to gain federal assistance in the fight against the Caldor Fire.
The emergency declaration will open up state, local and tribal government services for assistance.
At last check, the Caldor Fire had burned 207,931 acres at 23% containment.
Some evacuations for the areas of Pollock Pines and Camino on the north side of Highway 50 were lifted. This includes everything west of Sly Park, south of Slab Creek and east of Larsen Drive and Snow Road.
Cal Fire says some new evacuation warnings have been expanded in Alpine County.
The following areas are now under evacuation warnings:
The area from Picketts Junction south on Highway 88 to Forestdale Road. Northeast to Hawkins Peak to the Highway 88/Highway 89 junction at Woodfords. East on Highway 88 to the California/Nevada state line. Northwest along the Alpine County line to Fay-Luther Canyon. Southwest along Fay-Luther Canyon to Horse Thief Canyon to Picketts Junction.
The following areas remain under evacuation orders, Cal Fire says:
The area from Picketts Junction, north on Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado county line. Northeast along the Alpine/El Dorado county line to the California/Nevada state line. Southeast along the Alpine County line to Fay-Luther Canyon. Southwest along Fay- Luther Canyon to Horse Thief Canyon to Picketts Junction.
Heavenly Resort’s parking lot is being transformed into a new base camp for firefighters.
First responders are also using the hotel rooms of the nearby casinos.
— stevelarge (@largesteven) September 1, 2021
Winds are starting to pick up again as firefighters work to try and keep the Caldor Fire away from South Lake Tahoe.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through most of Wednesday night.
The winds have picked up! Heading back from South Lake Tahoe and see this in rear view mirror. @GoodDaySac @CBSTopNews @CBSSacramento #CALDORFIRE #CaldorFire #CaliforniaFires #CaliforniaWildfires pic.twitter.com/aYB8CtqJSq
— DG (@CameraGuyDave1) September 1, 2021
The Caldor Fire has now grown to a total of 204,390 acres as of Wednesday morning. Containment is also now at 20 percent.
Firefighters say, along with the wildfire saying very active overnight due to poor humidity recovery and warm temperatures, hot spots were found up to .5 miles away from the edge of the fire.
Firefighters say the winds weren’t as hard as expected, leading to the wildfire not making a big push into Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.
Underlining the danger that still exists with the fire, Cal Fire also described a scary incident that happened on Tuesday where a dozer caught fire southwest of Pollock Pines.
Cal Fire is also reporting that a total of 544 homes have been destroyed in the fire, up from the 491 reported Tuesday night.
More wind gusts up to 35-40 mph are expected on Wednesday. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through most of Wednesday night.
The Caldor Fire remained very active through the night.
This is how the flames looked from Echo Summit, looking east at the hillside above Highway 89 over Christmas Valley:
Video I shot this morning from EchoSummit looking East, hillside above Hwy89 above Christmas Valley #CALDORFIRE #CaliforniaWildfires . @GoodDaySac @CBSSacramento @CBSTopNews @KPIXtv @allyaredas pic.twitter.com/KAVrRmRFjf
— DG (@CameraGuyDave1) September 1, 2021
Cal Fire’s next incident briefing about the situation surrounding the fire is scheduled for 7 a.m. Anyone can watch the briefing live at this link.
Previous day’s (Aug. 31) updates below:
New information from Cal Fire shows the Caldor Fire has burned 199,632 acres and is 18% contained.
— CAL FIRE AEU (@CALFIREAEU) September 1, 2021
The shelter for evacuees that was at the Gardnerville Seniors’ Center has been closed and has been moved to the Reno Sparks Convention Center.
The sky over Douglas County, NV is completely orange as the @RedCross moves their evacuation center to the Reno Sparks Convention Center on S. Virginia St. in Reno. @CBSSacramento https://t.co/Kad0FVnzQ5 pic.twitter.com/FmXW50ps9T
— Laura Haefeli (@LauraHaefeli) September 1, 2021
An evacuation warning has now been issued over the Nevada State Line in Douglas County.
South Lake Tahoe residents who still looking for a place to stay after being evacuated from the city are now being asked to head to the Reno/Sparks Convention Center at 4590 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502.
All the other shelters in the immediate area are at capacity, South Lake Tahoe city officials say.
CBS13’s cameras captured a bear as it was running through the Christmas Valley neighborhood to escape the Caldor Fire.
— Rachel Wulff (@rachelwulff) August 31, 2021
Fire crews are continuing to work hard to try and save homes in the Meyers and Christmas Valley areas.
One homeowner off Cheyenne Drive left a note on his garage.
The note reads: “Next beer is on me! Thank you for all you do. “Heroes” does not do justice to your efforts.”
Home owner off Cheyenne Dr left this note on his garage. Well, I can attest, crews working very hard to save homes in area. @GoodDaySac @CBSSacramento @allyaredas @JohnDabkovich @kncitom #CaldorFire #CaliforniaWildfires @CBSTopNews pic.twitter.com/3ovHaIh4hH
— DG (@CameraGuyDave1) August 31, 2021
For the moment, winds are working in favor of firefighters. Crews are lighting backfires to save homes.
Crews lit backfires to help stop the advance of flames into one Meyers neighborhood.
Our photographer Dave Grashoff was along Ottawa Drive all Tuesday morning, capturing the flames as they glowed and grew closer to some homes in the area.
With the wind cooperating by blowing the flames away from the neighborhood, firefighters worked quickly to lit some backfires.
By sunrise, aside from some smoke in the area, the neighborhood was calm and safe.
Firefighters from around the country are helping in the battle against the Caldor Fire.
Cal Fire says the Caldor Fire has now grown to 191,607 acres as of Tuesday morning.
Containment now stands at 16 percent as well.
Flames have reached Christmas Valley and are inching closer to Meyers.
A look at the camera from Sierra at Tahoe this morning — flames from the #CaldorFire have reached Christmas Valley (down the hill from Echo Summit) and are inching closer to Meyers. @CBSSacramento @GoodDaySac pic.twitter.com/fDCfQR1puK
— Dina Kupfer (@DinaKupfer) August 31, 2021
In South Lake Tahoe and Stateline, the area is very smoky and eerily quiet.
— Anne Makovec (@AnneKPIX) August 31, 2021
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Previous day’s (Aug. 30) updates below:
The Caldor Fire has burned 186,568 acres and is 15% contained. Firefighters expect to have full containment of the fire on September 13. It is threatening 33,679 structures.
Evening Update from the Caldor Fire 8/30/21 pic.twitter.com/aX6EKf8nyK
— CAL FIRE AEU (@CALFIREAEU) August 31, 2021
These places are accepting evacuees in RVs and campers in Truckee:
- Truckee River Regional Park (10050 Brockway Road)
- Truckee Rodeo Grounds (10695 Brockway Road)
- Village Green Mobile Home Park (11070 Brockway Road)
Cal Fire has created a web page with links to pages with resources for those affected by the Caldor Fire. You can find it here.
This Lake Tahoe area-specific update was provided at around 5:30 p.m.
This general update on the fire was provided at around 5 p.m.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says they’re getting questions about evacuations along the Placer County side of Lake Tahoe near Tahoma. There are no evacuations in place currently for that area, although it is being closely monitored.
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.
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care says that, as a precautionary move, it has evacuated staff, animals, and support teams from its facility. If you have an animal or need support, contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. CDFW’s Wildlife incident Reporting system at http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/WIR/Default.aspx or (916) 358-2900
South Lake Tahoe police say they understand that people are frustrated with the traffic to get out of the city at the moment, but there are several reasons why the opposite lane of Highway 50 remains open to traffic heading in.
In a video posted to their Facebook page, Lt. Tony Cabral with South Lake Tahoe police explained that first responders are still traveling into the area. Further, others helping the area’s vulnerable population are also still driving in.
Cabral noted that authorities expected the traffic backup, which is why they issued the evacuation orders at the time they did Monday morning.
There is a contingency plan that could be put into place if they need to get people out of traffic fast, Cabral said.
South Lake Tahoe residents who do not have access to a vehicle or other transportation are being advised that the TTD Bus Routes 50 and 55 are continuing to run and will be taking people to a Red Cross Evacuation Shelter.
These buses will allow for pets as long as they are in carriers or kennels. People are also being asked to limit their carry-ons to four items, including a pet carrier. Face masks are also required and will be provided if someone doesn’t have one.
El Dorado County residents are also being urged to sign up for the county’s Code Red alert system so that they can be updated on the latest emergency information: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF6E025EBFDC
Traffic is backing up in South Lake Tahoe after residents were ordered to leave due to the Caldor Fire.
Vehicles are backed up all the way to Julie Lane, past The Y, after all of South Lake Tahoe came under mandator evacuation orders Monday morning.
California Highway Patrol urges people to have patience. Traffic remains moving.
US-50 / Lake Tahoe Blvd is slow due to merging traffic at Stateline. Have patience, traffic is moving.
— CHP South Lake Tahoe (@CHPSouthLake) August 30, 2021
All people who were in custody at the South Lake Tahoe Jail have been transferred to the Placerville Jail, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office says.
The transfers happened overnight when the area was given an evacuation warning, the sheriff’s office says.
Per Cal Fire’s latest map, all of South Lake Tahoe is now under evacuation orders due to the Caldor Fire.
Caldor Fire Evacuation Order for 8/30/21 at 11:00 a.m. pic.twitter.com/g1WxBKeWds
— CAL FIRE AEU (@CALFIREAEU) August 30, 2021
Barton Hospital is now closed, including its emergency department, after the Caldor Fire prompted mandatory evacuation orders in most of South Lake Tahoe on Monday morning.
The day before, the hospital announced that it would be evacuating all of its patients to other facilities in the area. Its emergency department did stay open, with the area only under an evacuation warning at the time.
However, the situation changed Monday morning and most of South Lake Tahoe is now under mandatory evacuation orders.
Barton Hospital officials note that its emergency department has moved to the Lake Tahoe Surgery Center behind the Round Hill/Safeway Shopping Center in Zephyr Cove.
#2-The Emergency Department has moved to Lake Tahoe Surgery Center behind the Round Hill/ Safeway Shopping Center (212 Elks Point Rd #201, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448). Emergency services are available for patients 24/7 at this location. (cont…)
— Barton Health (@BartonHealth) August 30, 2021
Most of South Lake Tahoe is now under mandatory evacuation orders.
After being previously left out of the evacuation area in Cal Fire’s late morning update, the Tahoe Keys, Tahoe Island, Al Tahoe, Sierra Tract, and Bijou areas are now under mandatory evacuation orders.
Caldor Fire Evacuation Order – 8/30/21 10:00 a.m. pic.twitter.com/CARGD8NAT8
— CAL FIRE AEU (@CALFIREAEU) August 30, 2021
A slew of new evacuation orders have been issued in El Dorado County due to the Caldor Fire.
Residents of the following areas are now being told to leave:
Tahoma: From Emerald Bay north to the Placer County line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
Fallen Leaf: From Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Boulevard north to Pope Beach. Also, along the water’s edge to Eagle Point, and from Eagle Point west to Desolation Wilderness across Emerald Bay.
Pioneer: North of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the west side of Pioneer Trail. This includes the streets of Hekpa, but excludes the residences west of the airport for now.
Gardner Mountain: Northwest of the South Lake Tahoe Airport and west of the Highway 50/Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Highway 89 intersection. This includes South Lake Tahoe High School, Tahoe Verde, and streets 5th-15th south of Highway 89.
Trimmer: East of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line, stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort. This excludes all residences off of Pioneer Trail.
Cal Fire’s latest operations update on the Caldor Fire can be found here:
The Caldor Fire has grown by nearly 10,000 acres since the last update Sunday night.
As of Monday morning, Cal Fire reports that the Caldor Fire is now a total of 177,260 acres. It is 14 percent contained.
Forecasters are warning that west to southwest winds will be increasing over the next couple of days – inevitably leading to invigorated fire activity for both the Caldor and Dixie wildfires.
A Red Flag Warning is set to go into effect at 11 a.m. Monday and last through most of Tuesday night. Winds gusts are expected to be in the 20-35 mph range.
Increasing west to southwest winds will invigorate fire activity across the Caldor and Dixie fires the next couple days. Downwind areas will continue to see prolonged periods of poor air quality like South Lake Tahoe and portions of Lassen and Plumas Counties. pic.twitter.com/jS0ke2EXE8
— NWS Reno (@NWSReno) August 30, 2021
Due to the developing situation, the City of South Lake Tahoe announced on Monday morning they have closed all city operations and facilities until further notice. Only the city’s public safety and Emergency Operations Center remains open.