Incident UpdateCaldor Fire

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Date: 09/04/2021 Time: 7:05 PM

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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
Size
214112
Containment
43
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
27670
Structures Destroyed
920
Structures Damaged
73
Civilian Injuries
2
Firefighter Injuries
7
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

CALDOR FIRE - RETURNING HOME AFTER WILDFIRE:

As the areas affected by the Caldor Fire continue to repopulate, we’d like to remind residents that are returning to home from wildfire to do so safely. CAL FIRE has created the Returning Home Checklist on our website to help residents return home safely. 

Repopulation consists of complex coordination between, fire, law enforcement, public works, and utilities to ensure the safety of residents and fire responders alike. We thank you for your patience and we work to get you back home.

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation orders and warnings. A reminder to drive slowly & yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, call 911. For tips on returning home after wildfire visit: Ready for Wildfire and view Returning Home Video

 

WEST ZONE Situation Summary:

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.

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 Situation Summary:

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.

Local Assistance Center: 

Address: 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. Located at Folsom Lake Community College, El Dorado Campus, Fitness Center Building.

Hours: 
Monday-Friday       10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays           1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday               10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Road Closures

AMADOR COUNTY

Road Closures: 

  • Highway 88 is closed between Peddlers Ridge and the Highway 88/89 interchange.

EL DORADO COUNTY

  • Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to the California/Nevada stateline.
  • Highway 89 at the Placer County/ El Dorado County line in Tahoma
Evacuation Shelters

EL DORADO COUNTY SHELTERS

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

AMADOR COUNTY SHELTERS

  • Temporary Evacuation Point
    Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek
    581 Hwy 49
    Sutter Creek, CA 95685

NEVADA COUNTY SHELTER

  • Truckee Veterans Hall
    10214 High Street
    Truckee, CA 96161

NEVADA STATE SHELTERS

  • Douglas County Community & Senior Center- Douglas Co. Residents Only
    1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

  • Reno-Sparks Convention Center
    4590 South Virginia Street, Reno

    RV Dry Camping and Large Animals
  • Dayton Event Center/Rodeo Grounds
    500 Schaad Lane, Dayton, NV

  • Lyon County Fair Grounds
    100 95A East Yerington, 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) FULL
    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

  • Lyon County Fair Grounds – Dry Camp Only
    100 95A East, Yerington, NV

  • Dayton Event Center/Rodeo Grounds – Dry Camping Only
    500 Schaad Lane, Dayton, NV

  • Douglas County Fairgrounds
    920 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville, NV

Evacuation Zones

Amador County Evacuations

Amador County Evacuation Orders:

  • 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 Highway 88. This includes the area of Kirkwood Lake.

Amador County Evacuation Warnings:

  • South of the Amador/El Dorado County line along Highway 88 from Dufrene Road west to Omo Ranch Road.
  • North of Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs Reservoir.
  • West of the Amador/Alpine County line to Highway 88.
  • East of Highway 88 to the Amador/Alpine County line
El Dorado County Evacuations

El Dorado County Evacuation Orders:

  • AL TAHOE - All residences off of Lakeview which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood.
  • BIJOU - The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven and Freimont and extending to the east in to all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail.
  • CALDOR - From Plummer Ridge south through North South Road including the western portions of Cat Creek and Lower Cat Creek Road.
  • CAPLES CREEK - This section is south of Highway 50 east of Kyburz up to 41 Milestone Tract and south all the way to Highway 88 between 1 mile east of Mormon Immigrant Trail up to Caples Lake following the county line.
  • CHRISTMAS VALLEY - East of Echo Summit following Highway 89 north through Christmas Valley (both sides of 89) east to the Alpine County Line. This area is south of Highway 50 except for the residences accessed from Chiapa which also included. This area also includes the streets connected to Mulberry, Elmwood and Cornelian.
  • CRYSTAL BASIN - North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Wrights Lake Road up to the Placer County Line to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, Wrights Lake, and Loon Lake.
  • DESOLATION - This section extends south of the Placer County line in the area of the Rubicon Trail between Spider Lake and Sourdough Hill and extends south into Desolation Wilderness all the way to Highway 50 to include the areas of Rockbound Lake, Rubicon Reservoir, Highland Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Schmidell Lake and Twin Lakes south to Highway 50 between Wrights Lake Road and Twin Bridges. The eastern edge of this area is in line with Clyde Lake and Pyramid Lake.
  • DESOLATION EAST - The area north of Echo Lake, following the Desolation Wilderness north staying west of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake and Emerald Bay up to the Placer County Line
  • DESOLATION NORTH - This is the area of Desolation Wilderness south of the Placer County Line extending to Emerald Bay, but staying within Desolation Wilderness.
  • DOGTOWN CREEK - The area east of Leoni Meadows, south of Leoni Road and north of big mountain.
  • FALLEN LEAF - The area of Fallen Leaf Lake, Angora Lake and the residences on Tahoe Mountain, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
  • 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
  • GRIZZLY FLAT PROPER - The main residential area of Grizzly Flats from Cosumnes Mine and String Canyon on the west and Winding Way and Forest Glen on the east.
  • 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.
  • HELL HOLE - Northeast of Highway 89, west of the Alpine County line, and south of Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.
  • MET TO HWY 88 - South of Mormon Emigrant Trail to Highway 88. West on Highway 88 to Hams Station.
  • MEYERS - All residences in Meyers North of Highway 89 and east of Highway 50 to include all streets accessed from Apache, Mandan, following Pioneer Trail northeast just past Elks Club.
  • NORTH ECHO - North of Highway 50 between Twin Bridges and Echo Summit, extending to the North just past Upper Echo Lake.
  • NORTHEAST CAMINO AND NORTHWEST POLLOCK - North of Highway 50, South of Slab Creek Reservoir, East of Snows Road, West of Sly Park Road
  • NORTHEAST POLLOCK - North of Highway 50 between Forebay Road and Icehouse Road extending to the North to include Spring Valley Road.
  • PIONEER - This is the area north of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the west side Pioneer Trail, but also including the street of Hekpa, but 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, Marshall Trail.
  • SIERRA TRACT - All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail.
  • SOUTH ECHO - South of Highway 50 starting at Camp Sacramento to the top of Echo Summit then proceeding due south to the Alpine County Line.
  • SOUTHEAST POLLOCK - South of Highway 50 east of Sly Park Road, West of Ice House Road, North of MET
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TAHOMA - The section from Emerald Bay north to the Placer county line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
  • TRIMMER - The area east of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residences off of Pioneer Trail.
  • US 50 SOUTH TO KYBURZ - South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road, to include the community of Kyburz. East of Mormon Emigrant Trail to Highway 88
  • WASHOE MEADOWS - All streets accessed from North Upper Truckee Road which is north of Highway 50 stopping at Sawmill and Lake Tahoe Blvd on the north side. This includes all residences on Sawmill and the residences to the west of Highway 50 in Meyers to include Country Club, Bakersfield, East S and Hopi.

El Dorado County Evacuation Warnings:

  • BARNEY RIDGE - North of Omo Ranch Road east to North South Road, crossing both sides of Sopiago Creek.
  • DRY LAKE - 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.
  • GREATER GRIZZLY EAST - South of Mormon Emigrant Trail, West of North South Road, North of Omo Ranch Road, East of the intersection of Omo Ranch and Slug Gulch Road, South of the Community of Blue Mountain, East of the intersection of Capps Crossing Road and Cypress Point Road.
  • GRIZZLY FLAT WEST - East of Highway E16, west of Steely Ridge Road, south of the North Fork of the Cosumnes River & north of the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River.
  • HAPPY VALLEY - All properties accessed from Happy Valley Road.
  • OMO RANCH - The area of the town of Omo Ranch south of the Middle fork of the Consumnes River, North of Omo Ranch Road from Slug Gulch Road to 8N54.
  • PI PI - East of North South Road from Omo Ranch to Cat Creek and east to Highway 88 1 mile east of Omo Ranch Road.
  • SOUTH OF WENTWORTH SPRINGS - North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
  • 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.
  • SOUTHEAST CAMINO AND SOUTHWEST POLLOCK - The area described as South of US Highway 50, North of Starkes Grade Road, East of Snows Road and West of Fresh Pond.
  • WEST OMO - North of Omo Ranch Road, South of Grizzly Flat Road, East of Fairplay Road, West of Slug Gulch Road and Omo Ranch Road.
Alpine County Evacuations

Evacuation Order:

  • The area from Pickett’s 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 Pickett’s Junction.

Evacuation Warning:

  • 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.
  • 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.
Douglas County Evacuations

Evacuation Orders:

  • Lower Kingsbury
  • Areas south of Elks Point Road

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.

Evacuation Warnings:

  • Upper Kingsbury (South)
  • Upper Kingsbury (North)
  • Central Kingsbury
  • 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.

Assigned Resources

Engines
350
Water Tenders
86
Helicopters
31
Air Tankers
0
Dozers
90
Hand Crews
92
Other
34
Total Personnel
4954
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