50 mi
SSW of Reno, NV
Last Updated: 16 mins, 44 secs ago
Incident #: NWCG-6622
Fire Start: Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:00 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 hours, 9 mins ago

 Engines: 2    Crews: 3     Water Tenders: 1    Helicopters: 2     Dozers: 1   Total Personnel: 110

Monday (21st):   Crews are continuing to secure the new handline on the southern section of the fire with tactical burning operations to remove fuel between the line and fire’s edge, mop-up of hotspots on the rest of the southern line, and work on suppression repair of the lines. This southeast section of the fire is in a roadless area in the Caples Creek drainage. The area is predominately rocky terrain with islands and stringers of vegetation and timber. Additional resources were released this morning. 

The Caples Fire has been transferred back to the forest and managed by a smaller Type 4 organization. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is assigned to the fire to determine what actions need to be taken to repair damage or prevent further damage from erosion and precipitation. 

Weather Forecast:  Sunny and warmer today, with lowering humidity. Winds will be favorable for operations on the southern section of the fire and will push smoke to the southwest. Expect a warming and drying trend this week, with continued northeast to east winds. These winds are forecast to increase in intensity by mid-week and be accompanied by poor overnight humidity recovery and afternoon levels in the teens. 

Smoke: Smoke would be from interior burning and tactical firing operations if they occur today.  Smoke sensitive individuals are encouraged to reduce their exposure by avoiding smoky areas, closing windows, or staying indoors. Smoke levels can be monitored at or . 

Road Closures: Due to the fire and suppression operations in progress the following roads and trails are unsafe for public use.  The roads and trails in the Caples fire area are still closed by forest order 03-19-11. If you see a road blocked, please comply to keep firefighters and the public safe. 

  • Forest Road: 10N40 (Silverfork Road), starting from its intersection with 11N23 (Packsaddle Pass Road), then south to its intersection with 10N50 (Mormon Emigrant Trail). 11N23 (Packsaddle Pass Road), starting from its intersection with 11N40 (Silverfork Road), then north 10.12 miles. 10N13 (Schneider Camp Road), 10N16 (Martin Meadow Road), 10N16A, and 10N16E.  Forest Road 11N19 (Strawberry Jeep Trail) from its intersection with Forest Road 10N13.
  • Forest Trails: 17E15 Cody Meadows, 17E20 Silver Fork, 17E22 from Highway 88 north to end, 17E49 Strawberry Creek, 17E51 Caples Creek, 17E53 Kirkwood Lake Loop, 17E63 Forgotten Flat, 17E71 Old Silver Lake Trail,17E73 Strawberry 4WD Trail, and 17E74 Spur Bee 4WD Trail.

Background: The prescribed burn project began on September 30 as pile burning under favorable conditions following rain and snowstorms. The prescribed fire was within prescription and achieving the goals of the project of reducing fuels loading and create vegetation conditions that allow fires to burn with lower intensities and create defensible space. Once the red flag warning for the wind event was forecasted fire managers began building fire line and conducting firing operations to secure and strengthen the fire perimeter before the wind arrived. The containment lines held well through the wind event into Thursday morning when the winds changed direction pushing the fire farther to the south and west and increasing the fire activity. This activity increase took the project out of prescription as the  project objectives were no longer being met. On October 10, the Caples fire was converted to a wildfire from a prescribed fire allowing managers to obtain additional resources not normally available to for a prescribed fire.  The Caples Fire is being managed for full suppression.

Caples Ecological Restoration Project: The Caples Ecological Restoration Project is restoring fire to the Caples Creek watershed where naturally occurring wildfires started by lighting have been suppressed since 1908. The project is intended to improve forest health, fire resiliency and increase public safety.  Prescribed fire treatments reduce fuel loadings, maintain vegetation conditions that allow fires to burn with lower intensities and create defensible space. The goal of this project is to promote a healthy resilient forest by reintroducing fire to the landscape.  

The Caples Ecological Restoration Project is a collaborative effort between the Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado Irrigation District and Sierra Nevada Conservancy to restore fire to the Caples Creek watershed where naturally occurring wildfires started by lighting have been suppressed since 1908.  The project provides a strategic landscape-wide fuel treatment that will reduce fuel to pre-settlement conditions that will protect the chief water supply to El Dorado County, improve wildlife habitat and create defensible space to nearby communities. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Thursday October 10th, 2019 approx. 02:00 PM
Northern ridge above Caples Creek north of Highway 88
Incident Commander:
James Thornock, USFS Type 4 Team
38.724, -120.145

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday October 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
timber, chaparral


Incident Contact
Phone: 530 622-5061
Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Fire Unit Information
Eldorado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667
Placerville, CA 95667