CURRENT SITUATION: The Caldor Fire started at approximately 6:45PM on August 14, 2021. The fire is currently 218,857 acres in size, with 71% containment. Active fire suppression efforts are ongoing. While containment continues to increase there are still many areas that continue to burn. We will continue to work on the Desolation Wilderness, Echo Lake, Lake Margaret, Caples Creek, and around the Kirkwood Ski Resort as well as other areas where fire remains present. These efforts will continue until full containment is achieved.
Weather will be a challenge for firefighters over the next couple of days as we enter a Fire Weather Watch on Saturday. Winds over the fire will begin to increase today with ridgetop winds from 13-18 MPH and 20-25 MPH tomorrow with gusts up to 35 MPH.
While repopulation has begun there are still roads and areas that remain closed for firefighter and public safety. We are working with local utilities such as PG&E which has identified more than 17,000 hazard trees that need to be taken down before to help ensure the roads are safe to travel. A portion of Highway 50 remains closed between Kyburz and Myers for public safety. Several personnel are working along the highway falling hazard tress and repairing infrastructure, such as power and phone lines.
ONLINE COMMUNITY MEETING: Daily at 5:00 PM
Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU/ and www.facebook.com/LakeTahoeUSFS. You do not need to have a Facebook account.
Zoom: Zoom link
UPDATE: MORNING SEPTERMBER 17,2021
LOCAL AREA ASSISTANCE: www.edcgov.us/Pages/Caldor-Fire-Recovery.aspx
STRUCTURE DAMAGE MAP: CALDOR FIRE STRUCTURE DAMAGE MAP
Eldorado National Forest Closure: The forest is temporarily closed through September 30. Forest Order 03-21-14
LTBMU Backcountry Closure - In effect through September 19. Forest Order 19-21-05.
El Dorado County Caldor Fire Information Alpine County Caldor Fire Information
EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS:
El Dorado County Code Red: https://ready.edso.org/ Amador County CodeRED: www.amadorsheriff.org/administration-division/codered.
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE (BAER): A BEAR TEAM has been put into place for more information please visit Caldor Post-Fire BAER Information web site: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7842/
KNOW WHERE YOU CAN FLY: Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause air operations to cease. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. A FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!”
Date of Origin:
Saturday, August 14, 2021 7:00 PM PDT
Two miles East of Omo Ranch, four miles South of Grizzly Flat
Estimated Containment Date:
Monday, September 27, 2021 6:00 PM PDT
Timber (litter and understory) Light logging slash Brush (2 feet)
Increase in smoke production across the SE portion of the fire due to exposure to gusty SW winds. Fire was primarily confined to the ground with very limited torching.
Secure existing line and provide for tactical patrol within the HWY 50 corridor. (DIV G/T/W)
Continue to build direct fireline: - from Echo Lakes to H-3(DIV I/M) - from DP-65 to Margaret Dip (DIV Q) - from DP-73 to HWY 88 (DIV R)
Mop up to the extent necessary on the fires edge and within the perimeter where infrastructure and values at risk are present utilizing natural barriers and secure any heat sources between DP-65 and Scout Peak (DIV Q) & west to Mormon Emigrant Trail (DIV R)
Perform tactical patrol within the fire area, respond to service calls, mitigate any isolated heat sources within the fire perimeter adjacent to the infrastructure where safe to engage.
Perform priority suppression repair work within Branch 1 & 3. Coordinate closely with CALFIRE, AEU and USFS REAFs to ensure work is efficiently managed, focusing efforts in Christmas Valley, North Upper Truckee and Hope Valley (BR III). Minimize any near-term environmental resource impacts as a result of fire suppression efforts.
Projected Incident Activity:
Moderate relative humidity and decreased winds will reduce threat of spread. Glows will likely be visible across the eastern portions of the fire.
Gusty SW winds will provide challenges to containment lines, especially south of Highway 50. Potential for increased torching and long range spotting to the east towards Christmas Valley.
Christmas Valley may be threatened by increase in long range spotting and torching caused by forecasted gusty SW winds.
Potential for change in wind direction Sunday night with winds from the East. This may bring concerns to containment lines north of Highway 50 near Pyramid Peak to Wrights lake.
Anticipated after 72 hours:
Containment lines to the north of Highway 50 adjacent to Pyramid Peak may be threatened due to eastern wind shift.
A Fire Management Assistance Declaration was declared on August 17, 2021. Incident Period: August 14, 2021, and continuing. (FM-5413-CA)
The Governor of California declared a State of Emergency for El Dorado County on August 17, 2021, due to the Caldor Fire.
The Eldorado National Forest is closed from August 17, 2021, through September 30, 2021 (Forest Order No. 03-21-14). The Regionwide forest closure order was terminated at 11:59PM last night. The El Dorado National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit remain closed.
Fuels reduction projects that have been implemented around the community of South Lake Tahoe have been highly effective in providing opportunities for resources to successfully suppress fire.
A trough of low pressure moving into the Pacific Northwest is bringing southwest winds 5 to 10 MPH with gusts to around 24 MPH. The RH values ranges form the upper teens to the mid 20 percent range.
The trough of low pressure will increase the winds across the area. Ridge top winds will be around 30 MPH from late morning into the afternoon. Lower elevations will see winds 20 to25 MPH. Winds will increase through the night and into Sunday morning. Some ridges would see winds to 45 MPH late Saturday and Saturday night. RH values will increase above critical levels. However, the strong winds will make operations difficult and could cause fire weakened trees to fall. Light rain showers could arrive over the fire area before daybreak Sunday morning.
Caldor Fire Information Phone: 530-303-2455 Hours: 7 am to 8 pm
Fire Unit Information
Eldorado National Forest U.S. Forest Service 100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667 Placerville, CA 95667