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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 October 20, 2021

Caldor Fire Wildfire
News – 10/20/2021

Quick Facts:

Approximate Acreage | 221,835
Containment | 98%
Repair Completed | 49% line and 38% isolated areas
Start Date | 08/14/2021
Cause | Under Investigation
Total Personnel | 586

Warmer temperatures allowed resources to capitalize working within a good weather window. Significant weather events are predicted to start arriving today and throughout the weekend as a series of storms pass through the area. These events are expected to produce several inches of rain and snow at higher elevation. “The rain will be welcome across the area as much of northern and central California remains in extreme to exceptional drought.” said Derek Williams, Incident Meteorologist.Both the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit continue to evaluate when, where, and how suppression repair can be completed. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is already engaged implementing road and trail stabilization projects. A special emphasis is given to possible affects to infrastructure, watersheds and water quality.Although the fire is almost fully contained, resources are actively monitoring the potential impacts of precipitation. The snow level may drop to 6000 feet making some of the fire area inaccessible. Weather already prevented one repair group from continuing operations. This group was reassigned to another portion of the fire. Shifting resources maximizes the overall effectiveness of operations and balances both long and short-term priorities. 
Weather|Anticipated Fire Behavior: An active weather front starting today is expected to bring light showers and up to .4 inches of rain. Another front is expected over the weekend with snow levels down to 6000 feet on Sunday. Fire behavior analysts do not expect any fire spread potential over the next few days.
Planned Actions:  The associated precipitation over the next few days will challenge repair efforts. Fire operations will carefully monitor the situation and limit resources in areas where road conditions make engagement unsafe. 

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