Incident UpdateCaldor Fire

Date: 08/26/2021 Time: 7:46 PM

Information Line: 530-303-2455
Media Contact: 530-497-0315

Incident Facts

Name
Caldor Fire
Start Date/Time
2021-08-14
Incident Status
Active
Location
East of Omo Ranch, South of the community of Grizzly Flats
Type
Wildfire
Cause
Unknown
Counties
El Dorado
Admin Unit
Unified Command: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit and El Dorado National Forest
Unified Command Agency(s)
Name Phone Address URL
El Dorado National Forest 530-303-2455 100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667 Placerville, CA 95667 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/
Size
139510
Containment
12
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
18347
Structures Destroyed
650
Structures Damaged
37
Civilian Injuries
2
Firefighter Injuries
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

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.  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 nine National Forests.  This closure will be effective on August22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. through September 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.  The closure order can be found at https://tinyurl.com/USFSClosure

AMADOR COUNTY - 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

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.
  • 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.
  • Areas south of Farnham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport School Road to the Amador County line.
  • From Twin Bridges east to Echo Summit.
  • From Highway 50 South to Amador/ Alpine County Line.
  • From Highway 50 North to Flag Pole Peak.

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

ALPINE COUNTY - WARNINGS:

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

EL DORADO COUNTY – ROAD CLOSURES

Highway 50 will be closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).

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

AMADOR COUNTY

  • Temporary Evacuation Point
    Amador County Fairgrounds
    18621 Sherwood Street
    Plymouth, CA
  • Shelter
    Evelynn Bishop Hall
    701 Hwy 124
    Ione, CA
    855-755-7711

NEVADA

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

Animal Evacuation Centers:

  • 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)- FULL
    1140 Cold Springs Road
    Placerville, CA
    (530) 621-5795
  • Amador County Fairgrounds (large animal)- for Amador County residents only
    18621 Sherwood Street
    Plymouth, CA  (209) 257-9444

Assigned Resources

Engines
243
Water Tenders
27
Helicopters
21
Air Tankers
0
Dozers
51
Hand Crews
80
Other
Total Personnel
2897
Cooperating Agencies
Name Phone Address URL
El Dorado National Forest 530-303-2455 100 Forni Road Placerville California 95667 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/
El Dorado County Sheriff's Office (530) 621-5655 https://www.edcgov.us/Government/sheriff/
Pioneer Fire District (530) 620-4444 http://pioneerfire.org/
Cooperating Agencies: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Sierra Pacific Industries, Pioneer FD, PG&E, CHP, El Dorado Irrigation District, El Dorado County, Grizzly Flats Community Service District, SMUD, Amador County Sheriff’s Office, AT&T, Georgetown FD, CALTRANS, Indian Diggins School District, El Dorado County FD, Grizzly Flats Water District, Volcano Telephone, Placerville FD, El Dorado County DOT, Mosquito FD, Garden Valley FD, Cal OES Fire, El Dorado County EMSA, El Dorado County Office of Education, Marshall Medical Center, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD, State Water Resources Control Board, KAMPS, El Dorado County Department of Agriculture, Barton Health, CAL EPA, Lake Valley Fire District, and Verizon