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Caldor Fire

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Eldorado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667
Placerville, CA 95667

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Caldor Fire Information
Phone: 530-303-2455
Hours: 8am - 6pm

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Phone: 530-497-0315
Hours: 7 am to 7 pm

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CURRENT SITUATION: The Caldor Fire started at approximately 6:45PM on August 14, 2021. The fire is currently 221,774 acres in size, with 76% containment. Last night, crews were on call to respond to reports of heat and smoke. A strike team responded to and extinguished a heat signature off highway 50. Heat was also reported in Division Romeo early this morning, and crews are on scene to investigate. 

We are currently under a Red Flag Warning through 5:00am Tuesday, September 28 due to low humidity and high winds. Southwesterly gusts along the ridgetops are expected to peak between 40 and 60 mph by late this evening. The region is in a critical fire weather period; fire personnel are prepared responding accordingly.  

Fire behavior will intensify with the increasing winds, leading to increased smoke production and burning in the interior of the fire’s footprint. These conditions can cause fires to move quickly and transition from the ground to the canopy. Incident command is coordinating with CalFire and local municipal agencies to place additional resources in tactical patrol within the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Placerville areas to secure control and containment lines. Crews are also prepared to respond to spot fires, where winds carry hot embers long distances and cause fires outside of control lines.  






  • El Dorado National Forest Closure: 
  • Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit: 
    • Backcountry Closure Forest Order (19-21-07) has been extended for the following areas: Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Barker Pass, Blackwood Canyon and McKinney/Rubicon and is in effect through October 20, 2021. View the closure order and map at
    • Caldor Fire Emergency Closure (19-21-06) is in effect through December 31, 2021. View the closure order and map at




SAFETY INFORMATION: Returning Home After a Wildfire 

El Dorado County Caldor Fire Information

Alpine County Caldor Fire Information


El Dorado County Code Red: 

Amador County CodeRED:

Alpine County Alert Center: 

BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE (BAER): A BAER TEAM has been put into place for more information please visit Caldor Post-Fire BAER Information web site: 

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 “If you fly, we can’t!” 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday August 14th, 2021 approx. 07:00 PM
LocationTwo miles East of Omo Ranch, four miles South of Grizzly Flat
Incident CommanderUSFS CIIMT12
Incident DescriptionVegetation
Coordinates38.586 latitude, -120.538 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,490
Size221,774 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained76%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday October 16th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory)

Light logging slash

Brush (2 feet)

Significant Events

Increased needle-cast from dry and underburned vegetation is creating a fresh fuel bed and opportunities for fire movement in previously black areas.


Planned Actions

Continue to take suppression action on the Smith Fire (DIV I/M), Rubicon Fire, and near Trimmer Peak (DIVO/P). Continue perimeter control efforts north of Caples Lake to Scout Peak.

Actively suppress any fire along Schneider Camp Road while securing any heat sources between DP-65 and Scout Peak (DIV Q); and any heat sources south of Highway 88 (DIV R).

Secure containment lines south of Lyons Lake (DIV I/M), within the 50 corridor (DIV G/T/W), and near Silver Lake while utilizing natural barriers as containment line.

Provide for tactical patrol within the Hwy 50 corridor while responding to community needs. (DIV I/M)

Coordinate with REAFs and mop up to the extent necessary on the fires edge and within the perimeter where infrastructure and values at risk are present.

Continue priority suppression repair work while minimizing any near-term environmental resource impacts as a result of fire suppression efforts, including Angora Mountain, Tahoe Mountain and High Meadows. Coordinate closely with CALFIRE AEU and USFS REAFs.

Repair contingency line along Peavine Ridge & Granite Springs Road.

Continue hazard tree removal along Mormon Emigrant Trail and Sierra at Tahoe.

Backhaul trash, excess supplies and provide a location for accountable property.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Little to no change from previous operational periods.

24 hours:

Forecast winds will reach red flag levels and may be the highest the fire area has seen. Interior pockets of unburned could create embers and produced moderate range spotting.

48 hours:

Increase atmospheric moisture may produce precipitation and reduce overall fuel availability, off setting stronger winds.

72 hours:

Return to milder fall conditions with reduced burn periods and moderate RH recoveries.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Return to milder fall conditions with reduced burn periods and moderate RH recoveries.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Southwest winds will increase over the fire on Monday as an upper trough moves onto the California coast, breaking down the upper ridge over the region. Southwest winds gusting 40 to 60 mph during the afternoon, and continuing overnight will lead to critical fire weather conditions. High temperatures will range from the upper 50s to middle 70s, with RH down into the 20 to 30 percent range.

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