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Caldor Fire: Wildfire is ‘knocking on the door’ of Tahoe basin, California official warns

There are currently no evacuation warnings or orders for the Tahoe basin. A stretch of Highway 50 remains closed

The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County continues to grow as crews try to protect structures since the fire jumped Highway 50, putting more homes and businesses at risk.The wildfire, which ignited Aug. 14 near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats, had burned at least 106,562 acres, or over 166 square miles, and was 5% contained as of Monday, Cal Fire said.Cal Fire Director Thom Porter said during a Monday afternoon news conference that the Caldor Fire is now “the No. 1 priority in the nation of fires to get additional and new resources that are becoming available. It is that important.”He added that the fire “is knocking on the door to the Lake Tahoe basin.””We have all efforts in place to keep it out of the basin, but we do need to also be aware that that is a possibility based on the way the fires have been burning and the concerns that we have been living in all of these other fires and their growth,” Porter said.There are currently no evacuation warnings or orders for the Tahoe basin.(Click here to see a complete list of evacuation orders, warnings and an evacuation map.)When asked to elaborate on the potential threat to Tahoe, Porter said that while he didn’t think the fire would reach the basin, that he could be proven wrong.”The weather has outstripped and Mother Nature has taken over and taken fires like the Dixie to places that I never thought was possible,” he said.The Caldor Fire jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz on Saturday, and a 40-mile stretch of the highway between Sly Park and Myers was closed Friday. Residents who live between Meyers and Twin Bridges are allowed to travel on the highway but must show identification and proof of residency. Cal Fire said in a Sunday briefing that they do not anticipate reopening Highway 50 in the near future as the fire still poses a threat to those traveling on that road.Fire crews on Sunday focused on keeping the head of the Caldor Fire burning in El Dorado County south of Highway 50 after a spot fire broke out on the north side, threatening nearby communities.Capt. Keith Wade, a public information officer for Cal Fire, said the heavy, dead timber in the area is cause for concern.”One of the things that’s been impacting a lot of these fires is the rollout that’s been occurring, which is dead timber on fire, starting to roll down and it can cross over containment lines and ignite other vegetation along the path,” Wade said. As of Monday, Cal Fire said 403 homes and six commercial buildings had been confirmed destroyed. About 17,488 structures remain threatened, and evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of people. “We know this fire has done things that nobody could have predicted, but that’s how firefighting has been in the state this year,” Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Chief Jeff Marsolais said. U.S. Forest Service officials said that nine national forests will be temporarily closed through Sept. 6.Officials previously announced a complete shutdown of the Eldorado National Forest through Sept. 30 because of the fire, and the Rubicon Trail was closed as well. | VIDEO BELOW | LiveCopter 3 over the Caldor Fire on Aug. 23, 2021| MORE | Wildfire Map: Here’s where California fires are burning A community almost leveledThe community of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, a once wooded area where roughly 1,200 people called home, is hardly recognizable now. The Caldor Fire burned through many of its neighborhoods and businesses, leaving mostly debris. Deputies with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Grizzly Flats and Pollock Pines areas to patrol after receiving several reports of looting. | VIDEO BELOW | A look at the Grizzly Flats neighborhood damaged in El Dorado CountyCaldor Fire structure damage mapEl Dorado County officials launched a structure damage map so residents can see the status of their homes.The map is updated daily at 9 a.m. (App users: Click here to see the interactive charts with this story). More Grizzly Flats coverage: Video: A look at a Grizzly Flats neighborhood damaged in El Dorado County ‘A miracle’: Woman learns Grizzly Flats home is still standing after Caldor FireEntire neighborhoods wiped, few homes stand in Grizzly Flats following Caldor Fire’It was getting too close for comfort’: Caldor Fire evacuees rush to escape flamesEvacuation orders for Caldor FireEl Dorado County 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. The 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 Highway 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.Click here to sign up for El Dorado County’s alert notification systemEvacuation warnings for Caldor FireAmador CountyShenandoah Road at the Amador County line west through the River Pines community, continuing west on Shenandoah Road to Ostrom RoadSouth on Ostrom Road to Jibboom Street, west on Jibboom Street to Fiddletown RoadEast on Fiddletown Road to Hale RoadSouth on Hale Road to Shake Ridge RoadEast on Shake Ridge Road to Charleston RoadSouth of Charleston Road to the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn GradeDue east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek RoadTiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir RoadEast 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 88South of the El Dorado-Amador County line with a western border of Highway 88 due south to the east end of Salt Springs ReservoirSouthern border of the Calaveras County lineEastern border of the Alpine County lineEl Dorado CountyNorth 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. 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, Eastof Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.• Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road including the communityof Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge betweenLadies 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 andFairplay 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 alltributary roads.• From the evacuation order line in Twin Bridges east to the Echo Summit andfrom Highway 50 south to the Amador and Alpine County lines and north tothe Placer County line.• Dry Lakes Section: This section is north of Wentworth Springs Road up tothe Placer County line and the remaining section of El Dorado County southof Placer County to Loon Lake. Shelter information Shelter: Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA Shelter: Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA — this shelter was full as of Monday morningTemporary evacuation point: Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA Shelter: Evelynn Bishop Hall, 701 Hwy 124, Ione, CA. Call 855-755-7711 for more info.Shelter: Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CAShelter: Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NevadaAnimal evacuation informationEl 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): 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA. Call 530-621-5795 for more info. Amador County Fairgrounds (large animals): 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA School closuresThe following schools were closed because of the fire: Gold Oak Union School District: Gold Oak Elementary School and Pleasant Valley Middle SchoolPioneer Union School District: Walt Tyler Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Mountain Creek Middle SchoolBattling the blaze Cal Fire said Monday morning that overnight downslope winds, low temperatures and moderate humidity levels helped crews in slowing the fire’s spread.Crews, however, are continuing to deal with drought-stressed fuels that are “extremely receptive to spotting.” More than 1,700 personnel are fighting the blaze. Two people were seriously injured last week by Caldor Fire, Cal Fire said.An injured person from the Grizzly Flats area approached firefighters around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire said. Crews tried giving medical care to the victim before requesting air transport for them, Cal Fire said. A second person was also injured in the Grizzly Flats area and was flown to a local hospital.As the wildfire raged, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 17 declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County. With declaring a state of emergency, the state can pull from federal funds to help battle the blaze. The state has recently requested federal help for other major wildfires in California: the Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas, Lassen and Tehama counties, and the Monument Fire in Trinity County.Nearly 41,000 people — roughly 24,500 in El Dorado County alone — have been evacuated from their homes due to wildfires burning across the state, according to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. More Caldor Fire coverageGetting the word out. How deputies alert people to evacuation ordersThousands evacuate to shelters in El Dorado, Amador counties as Caldor Fire burnsHere’s how wildfire evacuees can cast their ballot for the CA recall election | GET THE KCRA 3 APP FOR THE LATEST ALERTS | Apple iOS | Android || RELATED | Fire Season 2021 Preparedness Guide: What to know, how to keep your family safe

The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County continues to grow as crews try to protect structures since the fire jumped Highway 50, putting more homes and businesses at risk.

The wildfire, which ignited Aug. 14 near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats, had burned at least 106,562 acres, or over 166 square miles, and was 5% contained as of Monday, Cal Fire said.

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Cal Fire Director Thom Porter said during a Monday afternoon news conference that the Caldor Fire is now “the No. 1 priority in the nation of fires to get additional and new resources that are becoming available. It is that important.”

He added that the fire “is knocking on the door to the Lake Tahoe basin.”

“We have all efforts in place to keep it out of the basin, but we do need to also be aware that that is a possibility based on the way the fires have been burning and the concerns that we have been living in all of these other fires and their growth,” Porter said.

There are currently no evacuation warnings or orders for the Tahoe basin.

(Click here to see a complete list of evacuation orders, warnings and an evacuation map.)

When asked to elaborate on the potential threat to Tahoe, Porter said that while he didn’t think the fire would reach the basin, that he could be proven wrong.

“The weather has outstripped and Mother Nature has taken over and taken fires like the Dixie to places that I never thought was possible,” he said.

The Caldor Fire jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz on Saturday, and a 40-mile stretch of the highway between Sly Park and Myers was closed Friday. Residents who live between Meyers and Twin Bridges are allowed to travel on the highway but must show identification and proof of residency.

Cal Fire said in a Sunday briefing that they do not anticipate reopening Highway 50 in the near future as the fire still poses a threat to those traveling on that road.

Fire crews on Sunday focused on keeping the head of the Caldor Fire burning in El Dorado County south of Highway 50 after a spot fire broke out on the north side, threatening nearby communities.

Capt. Keith Wade, a public information officer for Cal Fire, said the heavy, dead timber in the area is cause for concern.

“One of the things that’s been impacting a lot of these fires is the rollout that’s been occurring, which is dead timber on fire, starting to roll down and it can cross over containment lines and ignite other vegetation along the path,” Wade said.

As of Monday, Cal Fire said 403 homes and six commercial buildings had been confirmed destroyed.

About 17,488 structures remain threatened, and evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of people.

“We know this fire has done things that nobody could have predicted, but that’s how firefighting has been in the state this year,” Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Chief Jeff Marsolais said.

U.S. Forest Service officials said that nine national forests will be temporarily closed through Sept. 6.

Officials previously announced a complete shutdown of the Eldorado National Forest through Sept. 30 because of the fire, and the Rubicon Trail was closed as well.

| VIDEO BELOW | LiveCopter 3 over the Caldor Fire on Aug. 23, 2021

| MORE | Wildfire Map: Here’s where California fires are burning

A community almost leveled

The community of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, a once wooded area where roughly 1,200 people called home, is hardly recognizable now. The Caldor Fire burned through many of its neighborhoods and businesses, leaving mostly debris.

Deputies with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Grizzly Flats and Pollock Pines areas to patrol after receiving several reports of looting.

| VIDEO BELOW | A look at the Grizzly Flats neighborhood damaged in El Dorado County

Caldor Fire structure damage map

El Dorado County officials launched a structure damage map so residents can see the status of their homes.

The map is updated daily at 9 a.m. (App users: Click here to see the interactive charts with this story).

More Grizzly Flats coverage:

Evacuation orders for Caldor Fire

El Dorado County

  • 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.
  • The 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 Highway 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.

Click here to sign up for El Dorado County’s alert notification system

Evacuation warnings for Caldor Fire

Amador County

  • 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 of 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Shelter information

  • Shelter: Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA
  • Shelter: Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA — this shelter was full as of Monday morning
  • Temporary evacuation point: Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA
  • Shelter: Evelynn Bishop Hall, 701 Hwy 124, Ione, CA. Call 855-755-7711 for more info.
  • Shelter: Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Shelter: Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada

Animal evacuation information

  • 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): 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA. Call 530-621-5795 for more info.
  • Amador County Fairgrounds (large animals): 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA

School closures

The following schools were closed because of the fire:

Gold Oak Union School District: Gold Oak Elementary School and Pleasant Valley Middle School

Pioneer Union School District: Walt Tyler Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Mountain Creek Middle School

Battling the blaze

Cal Fire said Monday morning that overnight downslope winds, low temperatures and moderate humidity levels helped crews in slowing the fire’s spread.

Crews, however, are continuing to deal with drought-stressed fuels that are “extremely receptive to spotting.”

More than 1,700 personnel are fighting the blaze.

Two people were seriously injured last week by Caldor Fire, Cal Fire said.

An injured person from the Grizzly Flats area approached firefighters around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire said. Crews tried giving medical care to the victim before requesting air transport for them, Cal Fire said. A second person was also injured in the Grizzly Flats area and was flown to a local hospital.

As the wildfire raged, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 17 declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County. With declaring a state of emergency, the state can pull from federal funds to help battle the blaze. The state has recently requested federal help for other major wildfires in California: the Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas, Lassen and Tehama counties, and the Monument Fire in Trinity County.

Nearly 41,000 people — roughly 24,500 in El Dorado County alone — have been evacuated from their homes due to wildfires burning across the state, according to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

More Caldor Fire coverage

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