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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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Phone: 530-303-2455
Hours: 8am - 6pm

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Caldor Fire Daily Update for October 13, 2021

Caldor Fire Wildfire
News – 3 days ago

Quick Facts:

  • Fire Location  - Southeast of Placerville, CA along US 50 to South Lake Tahoe
  • Approximate Acreage -  221,775 Acres
  • Containment - 98%
  • Repair Completed - 42% line construction  ( ex: dozers & hand lines ), 18%  isolated areas      ( ex: airdrops, staging)
  • Start Date -  8/14/2021
  • Cause - Under Investigation
  • Incident Commander  - Jeff Knudson, Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team # 7 
  • Total Personnel - 1,015

Summary: Dry, cold weather activity, combined with low humidity levels, continued to influence fire behavior. These factors keep resources on alert throughout the day.  For example, winds up to 99 mph were reported south of the Kirkwood Mountain Ski Area yesterday. This demonstrates how quickly strong winds can arise unexpectedly.

With the fire at 98% containment, fire managers are focusing on suppression repair, hazard tree removal and mop-up. Repair work following a fire of this magnitude becomes even more important to minimize future impacts such as erosion and blow-down. Crews responded to several smoke reports south of the Strawberry Creek area.

To the west, suppression repair activities continued to be productive. Crews are focusing repair efforts on the Mormon Emigrant Trail by removing hazardous trees and repairing miles of dozer line.

With over 200 miles of containment lines, the need for mop-up and patrols are critical to success. Forest closures allow fire resources and partners to work uninterrupted in a safe and effective manner.

Planned Actions: Repair actions will focus near Echo Lake, Upper Forni Meadows, Trimmer Peak, Schneider Camp Road, Silver Lake, Scout Peak and south of Highway 88. Repair efforts include removing hazard trees and slash, clearing culverts, repairing dozer and hand line to limit future erosion concerns.  Night patrols will continue along Hwy. 50 north.

Weather|Anticipated Fire Behavior: A drying trend with increasing temperatures through the weekend is expected, bringing a return to visible pockets of smoke  and possible individual and group tree torching. The fire will likely continue to creep and smoldering within the fire area long into the winter. Please do not report this activity as it can take resources away from more critical needs.  

Closures: Road and area closures along with fire restrictions are in effect throughout many areas of the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The public is urged to check closures prior to travel. More information on these special orders can be found in the links to the right. 



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