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Firefighters work to secure the Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe – Wildfire Today

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3:52 p.m. PDT Sept. 2, 20212

Caldor Fire 3-D map, northeast side, 11:13 a.m. Sept. 2, 2021
Caldor Fire 3-D map, northeast side, 11:13 a.m. Sept. 2, 2021.

The movement of the Caldor Fire has slowed in recent days as the wind decreased and as portions of the fire moved into high elevations or areas where there is more granite than vegetation.

On the northeast side of the fire east of Highway 89 dozers have been building line on the north side, the flank closest to South Lake Tahoe. Night Operations Section Chief Craig Dougherty said Thursday morning a large portion of that flank now has fireline. On Wednesday and Wednesday night four structure protection groups were working in that area mopping up and securing the edge of the fire.

The south side of that large finger of fire is active with a backing fire.

To see all articles about the Caldor Fire on Wildfire Today, including the most recent, click HERE.

The fire is still about the same distance from the shore of Lake Tahoe, about 4 miles, and it is 3 miles from the Nevada state line. The head, or the far northeast area, has spread uphill above 9,000 feet, where the sub-alpine vegetation should act to slow the movement, but spotting at times keeps it moving.

Caldor Fire map
Caldor Fire map, 11:13 a.m. Sept. 2, 2021.

Fire officials are maintaining a map that shows structures which have been evaluated for damage. To date, crews have confirmed that 622 residences and 189 other structures have been destroyed.

Wednesday evening 4,451 personnel were committed to the fire which was mapped Wednesday night at 210,000 acres.

Caldor Fire map
Caldor Fire map, northeast side, 11:13 a.m. Sept. 2, 2021.

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