Eldorado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
100 Forni RD Placerville California 95667
Placerville, CA 95667
TEAM TRANSITION & CURRENT SITUATION
Today at 7:00 a.m., Great Basin Team 7 took command of the Caldor Fire incident. Incident Commander Mike Wakoski of Team 13 would like to thank the community for their hospitality and patience throughout the past 14 days. Team 13 realizes the strain placed on the community and commends its resiliency.Weather activity varied dramatically across the area due to topography. Temperatures dropped on the NE section of the Caldor Fire, while the west side of the fire near Placerville remained dry with temperatures reaching 64 degrees. South Lake Tahoe experienced winter weather conditions with lake effect snow at the higher regions of Echo Summit. Fire officials anticipate a drying trend over the next few days, with temperatures gradually warming through the weekend. Increased winds (up to 50 mph in some areas) are expected to develop in the Placerville area. Potential high winds are creating a Red Flag Warning, which will be in place until 7 pm today.
Wildland firefighters have a healthy amount of caution and respect when working around hazardous trees. The public should be aware of the danger that exists in the fire area. The standing dead and burned trees on the Caldor Fire are creating major obstacles with repair efforts. The wet winter months are likely to bring moisture to the ground, loosening the soil holding the roots causing entire trees to fall. The anticipated freezing and thawing will also damage branches and trunks, resulting in break off. Crews are spending time removing hazard trees within high use areas to minimize future safety issues. Please be aware of the new hazards, which exist in your local forest.
The Caldor Fire is 98% contained. There are 1074 personnel on the fire and repair work continues on all portions of the fire.
ALL EL DORADO COUNTY CALDOR FIRE EVACUTATIONS AND WARNINGS ARE LIFTED (as of 10-4-2021) For updates related to PG&E work in the fire area, please visit: PG&E WildFireRecovery USDA FOREST SERVICE – ALL CLOSURES REMAIN IN PLACE• ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST:All roads, trails and facilities within the fire closure area remain closed.For more info: Forest Order 03-21-18 and Eldorado NF Closure InformationALL fires are prohibited on the forest, including gas and propane. For more info: Forest Order 03-21-16.
Overnight camping is temporarily prohibited in the forest. For more info: Forest Order 03-21-17.• LAKE TAHOE BASIN MANAGEMENT UNIT (LTBMU):Caldor Fire Emergency Closure (19-21-06) for portions of the LTBMU remains in effect through December 31, 2021. For more info: LTBMU Fire Closure Order 19-21-06Backcountry 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. For more info: LTBMU Backcountry Closure Order 19-21-07###