Slow Progression and Advances in containment, but still empty streets in South Lake Tahoe for Labor day weekend
South Lake Tahoe – September 4, 2021 – The Caldor fire which evacuative over 50,000 people from the streets and neighborhoods of the South Lake Tahoe basin on Monday, showed signs that it is running out of fuels in some areas. Good weather conditions and natural terrain breaks are helping firefighters get more containment on this tragic fire scene.
Friday saw hot spots at the Shores of Echo lake again and the edge of Desolation Wilderness, plus some explosive behavior up near Caples lake as the fire ran into a very dry set of fuels. However at 214,107 acres today the fire is now 37% contained and the natural granite landscapes and less fuels is helping in the containment of the Caldor beast.
The Morning report from Caldor reads like this:
Fire behavior continued to decrease last night thanks to a slight rise in humidity levels and decrease in temperatures across the entire area. The only areas of minimal growth were in the northeast and southern edge, as crews were able to go direct when safe. Hot material continues to be found along the perimeter of the fire, as well as an abundant amount of fire weakened timber. Firefighters will work today mopping up and mitigating any threats to existing lines. Smoke may be visible throughout today as interior islands continued to smolder and burn out. Damage inspections are still underway with approximately 75% of
To better provide public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout Northern California, and strained firefighter resources throughout the Country, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of all National Forests in California. The closure order can be found at https://tinyurl.com/USFSClosure.
Firefighters are taking advantage of the favorable weather conditions by continuing their aggressive mop up operations and direct firefighting tactics. Despite some continued spotting behavior in the northeastern head of the fire, crews were successful in holding the fire within its current footprint.
The fire is most active on the south side of Echo Lake, where it is backing down to the lake edge. Safety concerns for firefighters are potential rollout of smoldering material in the steeper hillsides along the northeastern edge, and hazardous burning snags on the north side of Caples Lake and Highway 88. Firefighters are also taking advantage of topographical features to help prevent progression of the fire in this area, while dozer operators continue their line construction to the east of Caples Lake.
Structure protection groups continue to work in the communities under evacuation near the fire’s edge, seeking out hot spots and mopping up around structures, especially within the communities on the north flank and Pioneer Trail.
Returning Home and Back To Business
Yesterday afternoon on the West side of the fire, where residence left some 20 days ago, there was good news and the ability to return to some neighborhoods. But in South Lake Tahoe, reality settles in that on on of the busiest tourism weekends of the year the streets, beaches and mountainsides are empty of guests.
Firefighters are optimistic that they are gaining the edge with the Caldor fire in Tahoe, but remind us that it is far from over at this point as hot spots continue to pop up all over the region.
Current Evacuation Orders:
AMADOR COUNTY – ORDERS
• South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene Road, due east to the Amador/Alpine County line and from the Amador/Alpine County line north to Highway 88. This includes the area of Kirkwood Lake.
AMADOR COUNTY – WARNINGS
• South of the Amador/El Dorado County line along Highway 88 from Dufrene Road west to Omo Ranch Road.
• North of Tiger Creek Road East to Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the East end of
the Salt Springs Reservoir.
• West of the Amador/Alpine County line to Highway 88.
• East of Highway 88 to the Amador/Alpine County line
AMADOR – ROAD CLOSURES
• Highway 88 is closed between Peddlers Ridge and the Highway 88/89 interchange.
El Dorado County Evacuations:
EL DORADO COUNTY – ORDERS
• AL TAHOE – All residences off Lakeview which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood.
• BIG MTN – The area south of North South Road north of the Barney Ridge area and south of Dogtown Creek.
• BIJOU – The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to
include the streets of Treehaven and Freimont and extending to the east to all
residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail.
• CALDOR – From Plummer Ridge south through North South Road including the
western portions of Cat Creek and Lower Cat Creek Road.
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 Immigrant Trail up to Caples Lake following the county line.
• CHRISTMAS VALLEY – East of Echo Summit following Highway 89 north through
Christmas Valley (both sides of 89) east to the Alpine County Line. This area is
south of Highway 50 except for the residences accessed from Chiapa which also
included. This area also includes the streets connected to Mulberry, Elmwood, and
• COLE STATION – 7600 Block of Grizzly Flats Road (just east of Saluty Cellars in the west to the intersection of String Canyon Road in the East.
• CRYSTAL BASIN – North of Highway 50 from Icehouse Road to Wrights Lake Road
up to the Placer County Line to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley
Reservoir, Wrights Lake, and Loon Lake.
• 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.
• DOGTOWN CREEK – The area east of Leoni Meadows, south of Leoni Road and
north of big mountain.
• FALLEN LEAF – The area of Fallen Leaf Lake, Angora Lake and the residences on
Tahoe Mountain, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
• GARDNER MOUNTAIN – Northwest of the South Lake Tahoe Airport and west of
the Highway 50 / Lake Tahoe Blvd and Highway 89 intersection to include the
South Lake Tahoe High School, Tahoe Verde and the streets accessed from 5th
through 15th street south of Highway 89
• GREATER GRIZZLY – This is the greater area surrounding Grizzly Flats but not
including the residential area. This area also expands to the east along Capps
Crossing to North South Road.
• GRIZZLY FLAT PROPER – The main residential area of Grizzly Flats from Cosumnes Mine and String Canyon on the west and Winding Way and Forest Glen on the east.
• 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
• HELL HOLE – Northeast of Highway 89, west of the Alpine County line, and south of Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.
• HENRY DIGGINGS – The section of Caldor Road between the immediate area of the start of the fire and Grizzly Flats.
• LEONI MEADOWS – The Leoni Meadows property which is east of Grizzly Flats.
MET TO HWY 88 – South of Mormon Emigrant Trail to Highway 88. West on
Highway 88 to Hams Station.
• MEYERS – All residences in Meyers North of Highway 89 and east of Highway 50 to
include all streets accessed from Apache, Mandan, following Pioneer Trail
northeast just past Elks Club.
• NORTH CAMINO TO ICEHOUSE – North of Highway 50 between Snows Road and
Forebay Road, north to Slab Creek and east across Peavine Ridge.
• NORTH ECHO – North of Highway 50 between Twin Bridges and Echo Summit,
extending to the North just past Upper Echo Lake.
• NORTH US 50 EAST OF FOREBAY TO ICEHOUSE – North of Highway 50 between
Forebay Road and Icehouse Road extending to the North to include Spring Valley
• PIONEER – This is the area north of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the west side
Pioneer Trail, but also including the street of Hekpa, but excluding the residences
west of the airport. This segment includes all residences accessed from Jicarilla,
Washoan and Glen Eagles. This also includes the Golden Bear neighborhood and
the neighborhoods of Cold Creek Trail, High Meadows, Marshall Trail.
• SIERRA TRACT – All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets
connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail.
• 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.
• SOUTH OF US 50 EAST OF SLY PARK TO ICE HOUSE ROAD – South of Highway 50
east of Sly Park Road to Sly Park Lake then east to directly south of Ice House Road
and Highway 50.
• STATELINE – East of Ski run on the lake side of Pioneer Trail and also both sides of
Pioneer Trail between Larch and the Nevada State line.
• TAHOE ISLAND – East of Highway 50/ Highway 89 at the at the Lake Tahoe Blvd and
Highway 89 Highway 50 intersection. This includes the area of Barton Hospital and
the area of Winnemucca to the “Y”. Also north of Highway 50 west of Tahoe Keys
Blvd following along the north side of Highway 89 through the end of town prior to
• TAHOE KEYS – All residences with the Tahoe Keys community and all residents
accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Blvd, staying east of 3rd Street.
• TAHOMA – The section from Emerald Bay north to the Placer County line in
Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
• TRIMMER – The area east of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residences off of Pioneer Trail.
• US 50 SOUTH TO KYBURZ – South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork
Road, to include the community of Kyburz. East of Mormon Emigrant Trail to
• WAHOE MEADOWS – All streets accessed from North Upper Truckee Road which is north of Highway 50 stopping at Sawmill and Lake Tahoe Blvd on the north side.
This includes all residences on Sawmill and the residences to the west of Highway
50 in Meyers to include Country Club, Bakersfield, East S and Hopi.
• WEST HAPPY VALLEY – The west end of Happy Valley Road from Mt. Aukum Road to Sweeny Road.
EL DORADO COUNTY – WARNINGS:
• BARNEY RIDGE – North of Omo Ranch Road east to North South Road, crossing
both sides of Sopiago Creek.
• DRY LAKE – This section is north of Wentworth Springs Road up to the Placer
County line and the remaining section of El Dorado County south of Placer County
to Loon Lake.
• HIGHWAY 50 SOUTH NEWTOWN – South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and north of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown.
• OMO RANCH – The area of the town of Omo Ranch south of the Middle fork of the Cosumnes River, Omo Ranch Road East from Slug Gulch Road to 8N54.
• PI PI – East of north South Road from Omo Ranch to Cat Creek and east to Highway 88 1-mile east of Omo Ranch Road.
• SOUTH OF WENTWORTH SPRINGS – North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs
Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake.
• SPRINGER/LEISURE – The area south of Pleasant Valley Road, east of Bucks Bar
Road, and north of the North Fork of the Cosumnes River
• WEST OMO – Omo Ranch Road between Fairplay Road to Slug Gulch Road. Slug
Gulch Road and Grey Rock Road, outside the fire line.
• ANT HILL – South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and New Town Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt. Aukum Road. This includes the area of Gopher Hole Road and Moonshadow.
• CENTRAL POLLOCK PINES – The area described as South of US Highway 50, North of Starkes Grade Road, East of Snows Road and West of Fresh Pond.
• SOUTH SLY PARK – South of Starkes Grade Road, north of Sly Park Creek, east of
Pleasant Valley Road up to and including the Diamond Garnet subdivision.
• GRIZZLY FLAT WEST – East of Highway E16, west of Steely Ridge Road, south of the North Fork of the Cosumnes River & north of the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes
• HAPPY VALLEY – All properties accessed from Happy Valley Road.
EL DORADO COUNTY – ROAD CLOSURES:
• Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to the
• Highway 89 at the Placer County/ El Dorado County line in Tahoma.
EVACUATION ORDERS ALPINE COUNTY:
• The area from Pickett’s Junction, north on Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado
County line. Northeast along the Alpine/El Dorado County line to the
California/Nevada state line. Southeast along the Alpine County line to Fay-Luther
Canyon. Southwest along Fay-Luther Canyon to Horse Thief Canyon to Pickett’s
EVACUATION WARNINGS ALPINE COUNTY:
• North of Highway 89 from Woodfords due north to Luther Creek at the Nevada
• East of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing.
• East of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail.
DOUGLAS COUNTY EVACUATION ORDER:
• Upper Kingsbury (South)
• Upper Kingsbury (North)
• Central Kingsbury
• Lower Kingsbury
• Lower Oliver’s, Kahle Drive region and roads
• Lake Village
• Areas south of Elks Point Road
These Evacuation Order will include areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks
Point Road (excluding Stateline Casinos) & State Route 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from
Highway 50 to Tramway Drive, including all area roads north & south of Kingsbury Grade.
DOUGLAS COUNTY EVACUATION WARNING:
• Zone 2
• Any homes or property located on Foothill Road from Centerville Lane north to
Muller. Included in this zone is the valley side of Kingsbury Grade & any homes that
are accessed by Foothill Road between Centerville Lane & Muller Lane.
These communities are asked to be on the alert & start preparing for potential
evacuations. Evacuations have not been ordered at this time, however there is potential
for evacuation orders in the near future & road closures are imminent. Please stay vigilant,
pay attention to emergency phone alerts, & have a plan in place.
CALDOR FIRE RELIEF: HOW YOU CAN HELP
LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – With 4,224 personnel assigned to the Caldor Fire, many people are asking how they can help. Although firefighters and first responders greatly appreciate the generosity and kindness of donations, firefighting agencies are fully supplied with everything they need. Donations from the public are logistically complicated to accept and firefighting agencies do not have the capacity to do so.
If you would like to offer assistance to those affected by the Caldor Fire, donations are better directed towards evacuees. Here are funds that are helping victims of the Caldor Fire:
El Dorado Community Foundation – The El Dorado County Community Foundation set up a Caldor Fire Fund. All donations go to families and individuals impacted by the fire.
You can donate here: https://edcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1792
The American Red Cross – The American Red Cross is staffing evacuation centers and providing support for evacuees.
You can donate here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/abc10-pub.html/.
Placer Food Bank – The Placer Food Bank is on the front lines of emergency food response/distribution
to those impacted by the River and Caldor Fires.
Food Bank of Northern Nevada – The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is offering food assistance for Caldor Fire evacuees.
You can donate here: https://give.fbnn.org/for/zcjkyj/
Project Camp – Project Camp is a trauma-informed pop-up day camp that supports children and families affected by disasters. They are enrolling children who were evacuated during the Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire, and are in need of volunteers.
You can volunteer here: https://projectcamp.co/
El Dorado County Animal Services – Monetary donations to assist with the long-term care of small and large animals evacuated and sheltered due to the Caldor Fire can be provided via our Pet-Aid fund (please be sure to identify the donation as “Pet-Aid-Caldor Fire”. For donation of items, we ask that you please contact our Animal Services Call Center at (530) 621-5795 to see which items are in greatest need and where these items can be delivered.
You can donate here: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/AnimalServices/pages/pet_aid_fund.aspx
Monitor Incident Information – Stay up to date on the current acreage, containment statistics, evacuation information, and more by visiting the incident link tree at https://linktr.ee/IMT6. For the latest Caldor Incident information, attend a live CAL FIRE AEU community meeting daily at 5PM at www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU.
Visit TahoeLivingWithFire.com and follow @tahoelwf on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more wildfire preparedness and prevention information.
Incident Updates can also be found athttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/CaldorFire
About the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team – The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) consists of representatives of Tahoe Basin fire agencies, CAL FIRE, Nevada Division of Forestry and related state agencies, University of California and Nevada Cooperative Extensions, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, conservation districts from both states, the California Tahoe Conservancy and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Our Mission is to protect lives, property and the environment within the Lake Tahoe Basin from wildfire by implementing prioritized fuels reduction projects and engaging the public in becoming a Fire Adapted Community.