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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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Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 took command of the Caldor Fire on Tuesday, October 12. The fire was reported on August 14, 2021, and is currently 221,775 acres and 98% contained. With over 200 miles of containment line on the landscape, Team 7 will focus on repair work efforts to remove hazardous trees and slash from high-use areas, clear culverts and repair dozer and hand line to limit potential resource issues. Repair and rehabilitation work related to the Caldor Fire will continue for quite a while. A large number of forest personnel will be tasked with continuing the repair and rehabilitation for the foreseeable future.

The fire will continue to creep and smolder within the fire area long into the winter. The public can expect to see smoke and possible single and/or group tree torching. Other dangers in the fire area include fire weakened hazard trees, heavy fuels that continue to smolder, stump holes, loose rock and debris on steep slopes, and hazmat from burned structures.


 All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted as of October 4,2021.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday August 14th, 2021 approx. 07:00 PM
LocationApproximately 16 miles northeast of Plymouth, CA.
Incident CommanderJeff Knudson, Great Basin IMT 7
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates38.586 latitude, -120.538 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel700
Size221,835 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet)

Closed Timber Litter

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, Smoldering fire behavior observed.

Continued warming and drying trend intensified the creeping and smoldering. This increased fire activity produced more smoke sightings across the fire. The higher smoke volume caused more service calls and created higher demand on engines for response.


Planned Actions

Suppression repair efforts will focus along the Schneider Camp Road and in areas along the fire perimeter where fire activity poses a threat.

The majority of crews will focus on repair operations including felling hazard trees, clearing culverts, repairing dozer and hand lines and improving access to roads impacted by fire operations.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Heavy fuels will continue to consume. The diminishing snow footprint will continue to inhibit fire spread on northerly aspects at higher elevations. Winds will increase ahead of a storm passage on Sunday, which will allow for moderate fire spread should an ignition source occur in a receptive fuel bed.

24 hours:

Moderate spread is possible during the first half of today as winds strengthen overnight and into the morning. Surface fire spread, torching and spotting are possible if the fire is able to transition from smoldering in heavy fuels to a continuous bed of light fuels. Sustained high winds will be present across the fire area, but will usher in rain and snow late into the evening, dramatically decreasing the potential for fire spread.

48 hours:

Fire spread is not likely with precipitation and low temperatures early in the period, in spite of high winds. High humidity and low temperatures will prevent fire spread after precipitation ends.

72 hours:

Fire spread is not likely.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns


A strong weather system will impact the region Sunday into Monday, bringing considerable changes to the area. Southwest wind gusts are expected to be around 60 mph along ridgetops on Sunday. A wind advisory is in effect from 2pm-5pm Sunday. Considerable snow accumulations Sunday night into early Monday morning are also expected with a winter weather advisory in effect above 5,500 feet from Sunday at 7 pm to 5 am Monday.


High pressure remained in control with mostly sunny skies, warm temperatures in the 60s and 70s and light winds. Southwest ridgetop winds began to increase in the late afternoon ahead of the next weather disturbance. The are remained dry with humidity dropping to 15-20%.


Lower winds and cool temperatures are expected Monday and Tuesday. Another weather disturbance could bring additional rain and higher elevation snow showers to the area Wednesday but precipitation will be limited. An active weather pattern including significant rain and higher elevation snow is still a good possibility starting Saturday.

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