Caldor Fire: Crews work to protect homes, Tahoe resorts

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) —  A huge firefighting force continues to defend Lake Tahoe from a raging wildfire that forced the evacuation of California communities on the south end of the alpine resort and put others across the state line in Nevada on notice to be ready to flee.

Here’s the latest information on the Caldor Fire (updated Sept. 3):

  • 210,893 acres
  • 27% containment
  • 845 total structures destroyed (Single residences, commercial and minor structures)
  • 54 structures damaged
  • 5 civilian and firefighter injuries

Nearly 4,000 firefighters are helping battle the fire that’s been active for the last 20 days.

On Wednesday night, President Biden approved the Presidential Emergency Declaration for counties affected by the Caldor Fire.

The approval comes just hours after Governor Newsom submitted the request.

Newsom posted to Twitter saying, “Grateful for the quick approval of support from @POTUS and @VP for the #CaldorFire so California can continue to bolster our response and provide additional support for those impacted by this devastating fire.”

This declaration will help supplement the state, local and tribal government emergency services.

Interactive Maps

Infrared heat map:

Structures and their statuses:

Evacuations:

EL DORADO COUNTY

Evacuation Orders:

  • 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
  • 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 Keys

    • All residents with the Tahoe Keys community and all residents accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Blvd, staying east of 3rd Street
  • 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.
  • Al Tahoe

    • All residences off of Lakeview which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood
  • Sierra Tract

    • All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail
  • Bijou

    • The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven and Fremont and extending to the east in to all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail
  • Tahoma

    • The section from Emerald Bay north to the Placer County line in Tahome, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness
  • Fallen Leaf

    • The area from Sawmill Rd at Lake Tahoe Blvd, extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point West, to Desolation Wilderness, across Emerald Bay
  • EVACUATION ROUTES FOR TAHOMA AND FALLEN LEAF

    • Go north on Highway 89 towards Truckee
  • EVACUATION ROUTES FOR ALL OTHER AREAS

    • Evacuate eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada
  • Pioneer

    • The area north of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the west side of Pioneer Trail. Including the streets of Hekpa, excluding the residences west of the airport, this segment includes all residences accessed from Jicarilla, Washoan, and Glen Eagles. Also includes the Golden Bear neighborhood, and neighborhoods of Cold Creek Trail, High Meadows and Marshall Trail
  • 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 streets south of Highway 89.
  • Trimmer

    • Area east of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residences off of Pioneer Trail
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Hwy 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.
  • From Twin Bridges east to Echo Summit.
  • From Highway 50 South to Amador/ Alpine County Line.
  • From Highway 50 North to Flag Pole Peak.
  • Pleasant Valley Road and all intersecting roads extending south from Newtown Road to the intersection of E-16 (Mt Aukum Road).
  • All roads accessed from E-16 (Mt Aukum Road) between Pleasant Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.This includes all roads and residences accessed from Moon-Shadow and Gopher Hole Road off Bucks Bar Road.
  • Christmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit
  • Highway 89 due West to Watershed Ridge/Echo Summit and South to the Amador/El Dorado County line.
  • The area from Luther Pass Road, north along the El Dorado/Alpine County line to Armstrong Pass. West from Armstrong Pass to Upper Apache at Meyers. West on Upper Apache to Highway 50. West on Highway 50 to Highway 89. South on Highway 89 to the El Dorado/Alpine County line. This includes all homes on both sides of Highway 89.
  • The area from Upper Apache at Meyers, north along Highway 50, to Elks Club Drive. East on Elks Club Drive to Pioneer Trail, extending due south to Upper Apache at Meyers. (This includes all homes off of Oneidas, Mandan, Apache, Ottawa, and Player).
  • The area North on Highway 50 from Highway 89 to Saw Mill Road. West on Saw Mill Road to Angora Ridge, extending to the Echo Summit. 
  • Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the CA ENF/CA TMU wilderness boundary. From the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes.
  • The section from Emerald Bay north to the Placer county line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
  • The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Blvd. extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west, to Desolation Wilderness, across Emerald Bay.
  • This is the area North of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the West side of Pioneer Trail, also including the streets of Hekpa, 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, and Marshall Trail.
  • 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.
  • The area East of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping South of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residence off of Pioneer Trail.
  • All residences with the Tahoe Keys community & all residents accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Blvd, staying East of 3rd Street.
  • 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 & 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.
  • From the evacuation order line in Twin Bridges east to the Echo Summit and from Highway 50 South to the Amador & Alpine County lines & 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.
  • The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Blvd. extending North to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point West to Desolation Wilderness, across Emerald Bay.
  • The remaining area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Alpine/El Dorado County line, North along the California/Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe. North along the water’s edge to the El Dorado/Placer County line. West along the El Dorado/Placer County line to McKinney Lake.
  • All residences off of Lakeview which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road & East of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood.
  • All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar & Rubicon Trail.
  • The residences between Al Tahoe on the East side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven & Fremont & extending to the East to all residences West of Ski Run & East of Pioneer Trail.

Evacuation Warnings:

  • 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 Kingsbury Drive.
  • 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.
  • North of Highway 50, West of Sly Park, South of Slab Creek, and East of Larsen Drive / Snows Road.

Road Closures: 

  • Highway 50 will be closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).
  • The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Sawmill Road
  • Highway 50 at Sawmill
  • Pioneer Trail at Elks Club
  • Elks Club at Highway 50
  • Highway 89 at Highway 88 junction
  • Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain

AMADOR COUNTY

Evacuation Order:

  • Highway 89 South from Luther Pass Road to Pickets Junction (Highway 88)
  • West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood
  • 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.

Evacuation Warning:

  • 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 on 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. Northeast border is the line from Dufrene Road east to Amador/Alpine County lines. Southern border of the Amador/Calaveras County line. Eastern border of the Amador/Alpine County line.

Road Closures: 

  • Highway 88 is closed between Omo Ranch Rd. and the Highway 88/89 interchange.

ALPINE COUNTY

Evacuation Order:

  • Highway 88 at Forestdale Road
  • West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing
  • West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail
  • West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado/Stanislaus National Forest Line
  • El Dorado/Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine/Amador County LINE
  • North of Hwy 88 along the Alpine/El Dorado County line and Armstrong Summit to the Nevada State line
  • West of the Nevada state line south to Luther Creek
  • Northwest of Luther Creek to Woodfords
  • North of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado County line
  • Highway 89 south from Luther Pass Road to Pickett’s Junction,
  • (Highway 88) West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. This includes Kirkwood resort and Caples Lake.

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
  • Highway 88 at Forestdale Road
  • West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing
  • West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail
  • West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line
  • El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line
  • South of Armstrong Summit to Woodfords to Forestdale Road,
  • North of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to Armstrong Summit

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Evacuation Order:

  • Upper Kingsbury (South)
  • Upper Kingsbury (North)
  • Central Kingsbury
  • Lower Kingsbury
  • Lake Village
  • Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads
  • Areas south of Elks Point Road
  • This order includes areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks Point Road (excluding Stateline Casino’s), State Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive, including all area roads North and South of Kingsbury Grade

Road Closures:

  • These are soft road closures as this time:
    • US 50 going westbound into the Tahoe Basin at Spooner Jct. (S. Carson St & 50)
    • SR 207 westbound at Foothill Rd. (intersection at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade)
    • SR 28 and US 50 Jct. westbound on 50

EVACUATION CENTERS

El Dorado County

  • Shelter
    Green Valley Community Church
    3500 Missouri Flat Road
    Placerville, CA
  • Shelter
    Cameron Park CSD
    2502 Country Club Drive
    Cameron Park, CA
  • Shelter
    Rolling Hills Church
    800 White Rock Road
    El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Truckee Veterans Hall
    10214 High Street
    Truckee, CA 96161
  • Red Cross Shelter at the Douglas County Community Center (SHELTER AT CAPACITY)
    1329 Waterloo Lane
    Gardnerville, NV

Amador County

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

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

Nevada

  • Douglas County Animal Services (small animal)
    921 Dump Road
    Gardnerville, NV
    (775) 782-9061
  • East to West Coast Grooming
    1368 Hwy 395, Unit B1
    Gardnerville, NV
    (775) 450-1743
  • Douglas County Animal Services (livestock)
    Douglas County Fairgrounds
    920 Dump Road
    Gardnerville, NV
    (775) 782-9061

Weather

According to Cal Fire, on Thursday fire behavior decreased in western areas thanks to slow wind speed across the fire. The fire continues to back down towards Hwy 50 in multiple locations due to the heavy dead/down fuels. For the East Zone, weather conditions were moderate, with winds speeds not reaching predicted levels, helping containment efforts. Fire growth occurred primarily along the edges near the head of the fire.

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