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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 Daily Update for September 30, 2021

Caldor Fire Wildfire
News – 9/30/2021


The Caldor Fire began on August 14, 2021, at 6:54PM four miles south of the Grizzly Flats community. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. The fire is currently 221,775 (1 new acre) acres and is 83% contained. 782 structures have been destroyed, 1,353 structures are currently threatened, and 81 structures are damaged. There are currently 1,527 personnel and 10 helicopters assigned to the incident. Full containment is expected for October 16, 2021.

Warm and dry air with light winds will return to the fire for the next couple of days with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. These higher temperatures and lower humidities will raise the potential for increased fire activity and smoke, mostly within the perimeter. Fire personnel continue to respond to and work to reduce smokes near the perimeter. Expect to see increased fire activity within the interior. Expect intermittent road closures on Hwy. 50


·        ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST: o   The forest-wide closure has been replaced with the Caldor Fire Closure. All roads, trails (including the Mormon Immigrant Trail) and facilities within the fire closure area are closed.        More information: Forest Order 03-21-18and Eldorado NF Closure Information o   Expanded Fire Restrictions & Camping Restrictions: ALL fires are prohibited on the forest, including gas and propane. Forest Order 03-21-16. Overnight camping is temporarily prohibited in the forest. Forest Order 03-21-17. ·        LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT:   o   Caldor Fire Emergency Closure (19-20-06) for portions of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit remains in effect through December 31, 2021. More information: LTBMU Emergency Fire Closure Forest Order 19-21-06 - InciWeb the Incident Information System ( o   Backcountry closure (Forest Order 19-21-07) for the following areas: Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Backcountry, Barker Pass Road and McKinney/Rubicon Trail remains in effect until October 20, 2021.  
More information including maps: ·        BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (BAER):  A BAER team continues work in the Caldor Fire area. A rapid assessment of burned watersheds is being conducted to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and to take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first post-fire damaging event. See Caldor Post Fire BEAR Inciweb site:



·        ZONE 4A – South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County Line from Dufrene Road, north of the line due East from Dufrene Road to the Amador/Alpine County Line, west of the line due south from Highway 88 to the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir. ·        ZONE 5A – South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County Line, north of the line due east from Dufrene Road to the Amador/ Alpine County Line, east of the line due south from Highway 88 to the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir, west of the Amador/Alpine County Line. View the interactive evacuation map here:


·        CAPLES CREEK – This section is south of Highway 50 east of Kyburz up to 41 Milestone Tract and south all the way to Highway 88 between 1 mile east of Mormon Emigrant Trail up to Caples Lake following the County Line. ·        DESOLATION – This section extends south of the Placer County Line in the area of the Rubicon Trail between Spider Lake and Sourdough Hill and extends south into Desolation Wilderness all the way to Highway 50 to include the areas of Rockbound Lake, Rubicon Reservoir, Highland Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Schmidell Lake and Twin Lakes south to Highway 50 between Wrights Lake Road and Twin Bridges. The eastern edge of this area is in line with Clyde Lake and Pyramid Lake. ·        DESOLATION EAST – The area north of Echo Lake, following the Desolation Wilderness north staying west of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Lake and Emerald Bay up to the Placer County Line ·        DESOLATION NORTH – This is the area of Desolation Wilderness south of the Placer County Line extending to Emerald Bay but staying within Desolation Wilderness. ·        HELL HOLE – Northeast of Highway 89, west of the Alpine County line, and south of Tahoe Paradise Golf Course ·        NORTH ECHO – North of Highway 50 between Twin Bridges and Echo Summit, extending to the north just past Upper Echo Lake. ·        SOUTH ECHO – South of Highway 50 starting at Camp Sacramento to the top of Echo Summit then proceeding due south to the Alpine County Line. ·        TRIMMER – The area east of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residences off Pioneer Trail. View the interactive evacuation zone and road closure map here:


·        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. ·        MET TO HWY 88 – South of Mormon Emigrant Trail to Highway 88. Weston Highway88 to Hams Station. ·        US 50 SOUTH TO KYBURZ – South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road, to include the community of Kyburz, excluding the area south of the south fork of the American River. East of Mormon Emigrant Trail to Highway 88. ·        CRYSTAL BASIN B – From Ice House Road east to the border of desolation wilderness and from the Placer County line, south to Granite Springs Road and the area south of Granite Springs Road to Highway 50 at Wrights Lake Road ·        CHRISTMAS VALLEY – All residences accessed from Highway 89 south of Highway 50 in Meyers through Christmas Valley and including all of South Upper Truckee. ·        SLY TO 36 MILESTONE


·        ZONE 21A – Highway 89 at Pickett’s Junction west to the Alpine/El Dorado County Line ·        ZONE 22A – Pickett’s Junction Northeast to Fay Luther Canyon
a. Horse Thief Canyon to Fay Luther Canyon ·        View the interactive evacuation map here:

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