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Caldor Fire: Crews work to protect Tahoe-area homes as thousands remain evacuated

Flames have jumped east of Highway 89



This is K. C. L. RA three. We begin with breaking news, we do continue our breaking news coverage of the called or fire as it continues to move south toward south Lake Tahoe. Right now, thousands of people are being asked to leave the area mandatory evacuation order. This video from overnight of our crew driving through the community of Myers, you can see the neighborhood very dark, the orange glow of flames though in the background easily spotted there, evacuations have been ordered again for all 22,000 residents in South Lake Tahoe. What people were told to leave as the wildfire threat burns ever closer. So here’s a map and this shows you which areas are under evacuation orders. Everything you see shaded in red is a mandatory evacuation. What you see in yellow is an evacuation warning and the list of all of those will be located not only at the bottom of the screen, but also in case area dot com and our case Syria up there are also several overnight shelters available and open for evacuees. They include Cameron Park Community services district in Cameron Park, Green Valley Community church in plaster ville, Rolling Hills, Church in El Dorado Hills, Douglas County Community Center in Gardnerville, Carson city Community center and Carson city High School in Carson city Nevada and truckee Veterans Hall in truckee. We also have this information posted at K C R H dot com cal fire is updating the numbers for the caldera friar each morning at around seven a.m. So we expect we’ll have some fresh numbers about a half hour. Here’s what we know right now the caldera fire has burned more than 186,000 acres. It’s at 15% containment. Nearly 500 buildings have been destroyed and there are another 33,000 structures that at this point are still threatened. So our team coverage continues now on the calle door fire mike to sell and brian Hickey are keeping an eye on the fire from across El Dorado County, Leticia Ordaz is taking a look at the smoke impact from the fire. Melody hunters tracking air quality thai steel, monitoring roadway closures and impacts. Let’s go first. Go to brian Hickey. He is actually down in christmas valley brian. Yeah, good morning. We’re here on south upper Truckee road. We are just south of highway 50 and you can see behind me here some of the cabins that are right up along the ridge line here and with fire right in their backyards. But these homes have been protected all night long from crews that are actually from the Roosevelt fire department because some this fire department and just down the street crews from sacramento. They all came up here together as a strike team and we just happened to stumble upon them this morning out here protecting these homes and they’ve done a great job as you can see fire right in the backyard and at times torching up into the trees and they’ve managed to keep that fire at bay from these homes by raking the backyards, pulling out all the vegetation in the backyard and then just sitting here monitoring it and spraying water when they need to to cool the fire down and keep it off of these homes. And their efforts have paid off not only here, but pretty much everywhere else. We’ve gone in the christmas valley this morning, We have not seen any signs of damage and uh, we’ve gone all up and down south, Upper truckee road on the west side of 89 then on the east side of 89 we went up through santa claus and some of those areas, all of the homes along that area and did not see any signs of trouble. So that is the good news. After this video you’re seeing last night when we descended into christmas valley from highway 89 over Luther past where we saw fire torching in the trees, racing across the ridge tops. A far different story from what we’re seeing this morning where really last night was just about taking a defensive approach to this as fire was surging across those hillsides and racing down toward the town of Myers where the fire has a rounded the corner in the trees just above Myers, but no signs of any fire down in Meyers where the buildings are and where the stores and homes are. So that is good news there. Take a look at the second video. I want to show you this was video as we drove through highway 88 yesterday. For those of you that have concerns out around kirkwood, that’s pretty much now a separate head of this fire that’s in the Alpine County side of this incident and we saw a huge flames burning in that area over there, burning up the back side of a mountain called Thunder Mountain, which essentially is the backside of kirkwood ski resort. And that fire was surging up that hillside along Highway 88 did jump the highway in that area, but as we drove into the kirkwood meadows, we did not see any sign of spot fires or any damage In Kirkwood proper, but on the back side of the mountain. Again, it was a far different story. We’ve not heard any reports from that area this morning and how it fared overnight. So back out here, live again, you can see the fire burning along the ridge here. This is the area, this hillside that you’re looking at is just below Echo summit. So highway 50 traverse is this hillside above us. And again down here, this is one of the other crews here. In fact random impact over here. This is the fire crew from Cosumnes. They just went down and got some water and they’re taking their position back here to protect some of these homes. So good to see all of them up here, helping out along with fire agencies from across the country coming into this area and we’re told more strike teams are on order to come out here and help protect not only the area of Myers, but further on into South Lake Tahoe, which remains a ghost town this morning. Back to you guys brian, real quick question, you know the past few days they haven’t been able to attack this from the air because the smoke was so bad, visibility was down to just almost zero in some locations, it looks like the air, although it be smoky, it is not bad enough to to allow them to attack this from the air. Would there be a reason they’re not doing that yet? Um while the fire is down right now. Yeah, they typically don’t fly in the mornings, there’s an inversion layer that kind of puts a cap on the smoke. So while we’re having some clear air here, it’s all being held in by that inversion layer that forms overnight. So once that inversion layer lifts out and you get the smoke up out of here, that tends to clear things out. I have been following the air attack over the last few days and while they have not been able to attack the head of the fire as it was approaching echo summit because of the heavy smoke in this area, they did make significant progress over on that other part of the fire, I was talking about over an Alpine County where they did a lot of air attack not only yesterday, but over the last few days when they couldn’t put resources on this part of the fire, they made a lot of progress over there trying to keep it uh, you know, kind of over on that I guess would be the north side of highway 88. Although it did jump yesterday afternoon, right. You know, and we watched from live copter yesterday. How much retarded they were getting down. So that was the least encouraging yesterday. We’ll hope for more of the same today, brian. Thank you. Now, let’s take it to Kayseri three’s mike to sell mike is basically up over the area where brian is giving us a wider view mike and it’s a good news, bad news situation this morning, Deirdre and te o you know, the good news from brian is no structures damage. I’m gonna explain why we’re not out of the woods yet. So we’re looking straight across to the uh easterly direction from highway 50 over across Highway 89. To wear that spot fire erupted yesterday above christmas valley. You can see it’s quite smoky here because we also have fire right below where we are. So we have smoke coming up from there, kind of obscuring that fire line straight across from us. But you can see how that smoke is or the wind is pushing the smoke straight towards uh, you know, like the Tahoe Paradise area of the south Lake Tahoe proper. So again, winds are going to be a concern here today. Let me explain though. Again, this is a spot fire and that is why we’re not out of the woods yet. So as we come over to the right, my photographer paul Westbrook ultimately going to make his way uh and shoot kind of down through this smoke of the fire right below us and right behind that in christmas valley, you might be able to take off the makeup make out the rooftops of some of the homes and cabins in this area. Now keep in mind this is an area that largely uh, has not burned yet. Okay, because of that spot, fire went over there and as you move your way towards the right up the canyon, if you will, the fire came down over the ridge tops and is now in that canyon off to the west of christmas Valley. So you really have kind of multiple areas where the fire is burning on both sides of christmas Valley up above it. But this is a fire that still is making its way down the canyon to the floor and then to that area where these homes are. So there is still potential here because we keep seeing the fire behavior, you know, each day it takes on a new attitude. So at this point in time, I would not, you know, rest completely easy just yet as fire crews will you have another day of having to worry about, you know, the fire starting to make its way in the unburned areas. And again, keep in mind as we pointed out 24 hours ago, we were standing right here and there was no fire and it has now crested overdone Echo summit and made its way all the way uh, Down into Christmas Valley and of course that spot fire on the other side of Highway 89 and the real telltale headline from that is to see the smoke and the direction it is moving Straight towards downtown or the South Lake Tahoe proper area, that Tahoe paradise area and towards that area where 89 meets up with 50. So clearly it’s gonna be another day in which fire crews are going to have to be on their toes depending on what happens with those winds. Yesterday we saw this fire flare up again, Make a good run. We’ll see what happens today. But uh, so far, uh, the good news, as you heard from brian Hickey below me, no signs of visible damage yet to structures down in christmas valley. So that’s a good way to start today. Let’s hope that fire crews can keep it that way as far as this fire down in the basin, Live above Christmas Valley along Highway 50 this morning Mike to sell their details. Yeah, let’s see. Oh boy. Alright, great perspective there mike. Thank you. So the cal fire as you’ve been seeing, it’s been producing these really big plumes of smoke and understanding what the plumes are doing, what direction, direction the wind is taking them is actually a critical part in fighting the fire. Leticia Ordaz live in plaster bill this morning or that area has dealt with a lot of smoke and to share the findings of a professor from Reno studying the fire and why it is so important for communities everywhere this fire season. Good morning. Good morning Karen Deirdre take a look at the impact of the cal door fire week two now and people are continuing to camp out off this wal mart parking lot here in plaster ville. So yeah, a lot of smoke in the air right now. And the professor studying the caldera fire says, understanding the plumes of smoke can be critical in saving lives because it gives fire officials real time information so they can evacuate community safely. Just like they did in self like Tahoe yesterday and just like they did in Pollock Pines. Two weeks ago, Professor Neil Larue at the University of Nevada Reno has been researching wildfire weather and smoke plumes for some time now and this is a three dimensional rendering from the caldera fire on sunday and it’s a combination of hot spots detected from the infrared aircraft observations. It shows a large plume coming off the head of the fire over echo summit, that means there are more and more material and debris that’s being laughed it up into the air and then dropped back down to the surface. Professor Lazaro says the plumes are on their way and they really create a dangerous situation for so many communities. Yeah, what we’ve seen with both the dixie fire and now the Calgary fire this year or two fires crossing the Sierra Kratz, threatening multiple communities along the way and just in general alluding our ability to contain these fires. And you hear every firefighter talking about it, these aren’t the fires that they were fighting before and officials say this is just such a dangerous fire season and it’s only the beginning. They’re asking every community to be prepared for the unexpected and to not think it can’t happen to you because as we’re seeing in these last few weeks, it can happen to everyone reporting live in classroom Bill Leticia, where does Casey Away Three news? All right, let’s easier. Thank you. All right, let’s go ahead and talk weather at quarter to seven Melody Hunter joining us now with the impact of the fire on the air quality. Yeah. So right now, taking a look at the worst of the air quality where you see the brightest colors, the pinks, the oranges, yellows, that’s where we have the thickest concentration of smoke. So in the area between plastic where where we just saw Leticia and then stretching north to about auburn covering areas like Georgetown, then also in and around Blue Canyon. That’s what I’m seeing some of the worst air quality. But then also to the north of us due to the wildfires that continue to burn to the north of us. Let’s talk about the wind. The wind is going to be crucial as we continue into the afternoon. So right now, as we take a look, we still have fairly light wind that has been in place. But here’s where we have mike to sell over at Echo Summit. Then we also have a brian hickey and christmas valley mike castle said they’re starting to feel more of a bruise. Who’ve been pretty fortunate this morning that the wind has remained fairly light. Now, some of the higher elevations like in and around a leak spring. We typically show you that camera shot showing you the plumes of smoke. That’s where there has been a pretty gusty winds in the 20 mile per hour range and then near Colquitt at one of the higher elevations, 9000 ft at one of the chairlifts. The guests have been upward uh, in the 20 mile hour per 20 mile per hour range as well. So let’s talk about the wind pattern as how it’s going to change into the morning and then heading into the afternoon. I want you to focus on the Sierra. Watch the green, the yellow shading will start to fill in with more of the yellow shading. So yesterday we had the southwest wind that was gusting into the 30 mile per hour range at times on some of those higher elevations, some other spots in the 20 mile an hour range. I think today could be a little bit gusty er as well now into the evening. Then we get that light down sloping flow again and then we do it all over again tomorrow when we are expecting gusty southwest flow again, so critical fire weather will continue over the next couple of days, not the weather set up that we do want, but it is the case.
— LETICIA: AND UNDERSTANDING THE PLUMES. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO SAVING LIVES AND PROPERTY. TEO: WE CONTINUE OUR BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE OF THE CALDOR FIRE AS IT MOVES TOWARD SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. RIGHT NOW, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THE AREA. MANDATORY EVACUAONTI ORDER — THIS IS VIDEO FROM OVERNIGHT OF ROU COMMUNITY OF MYERS. THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS VERY DARK. THE ORANGE GLOW OF FLAMES IN THE BACKGROUND EASILY SPOTTED THERE. EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FOR ALL 22,000 RESIDENTS IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. PEOPLE WERE TOLD TO LVEEA AS THE WILDFIRE THREAT BURNS EVER CLOSER. DEIRDRE: EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS SHADED IN RED IS A MANDATORY EVACUATION. WHAT YOU SEE IN YELLOW IS IS AN EVACUATION WARNING. THIS WILL BE LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN AND ON KCRA.COM, ALSO OUR KCRA APP. O:TE THERE ARE SEVERAL OVERNIGHT SHELTERS OPEN FOR EVACUEES. THEY ARE CAMERON PARK COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT IN CAMERON PARK. GREEN VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH IN PLACERVILLE. ROLLING HILLS CHURCH IN EL DORADO HILL. DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER IN GARDNERVILLE, NEVADA. CARSON CITY COMMUNITY CENTER AND CARSON HIGH SCHOOL IN CARSON CITY, NEVADA. AND TRUCKEE VETERANS HALL IN TRUCKEE. WE ALSO HAVE THIS INFORMATION POSTED ON KCRA.COM. DEIRE:DR CALFIRE IS UPDATIN THEG NUMBERS FOR THE CALDOR FIRE IN ABOUT HALF AN BUT HERE’S THE HOUR. LATEST INFORMATION. THE CALDOR FIRE HAS BURNED MORE THAN 186,000 ACRES. IT’S AT 15% CONTAINMENT. NEARLY 500 BUILDINGS HAVE ENBE DESTROYED. AND THERE EAR ANOTHER 33,000 STRUCTURES ARE THREATENED. OUR TEAM COVERAGE CONTINUES ON E THCALDOR FIRE. MIKE TESELLE AND BRIAN HICYKE ARE MONITORING THE FLAMES ACROSS EL DORADO COTYUN LETICIA ORDAZ HAS A CLOSER LKOO AT THE SMOKE IMPACT FROMHE T FIRE. MELANIE HUNTER IS TRACKING THE AIR QUALITY, AND TY STEELE IS MONITORING ROADWAY CLOSURE AND IMPACTS. LET’S GO FIR TSTO BRIAN HICKEY IN THE TOWN OF MEREYS. BRIAN: WERE A SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50, YOU CAN SEE SOME CABINS ALONG THE RIDGE LINE HERE WITH THE FIRE IN THEIR BACKYARD. YOU CAN SEE CREWS FROM THE. ROSEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE SUMTER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND CREWS FROM LCA METRO. YOU CAN SEE FIRE RIGHT IN THE BACKYARD AND AT TIMES, TORCHING INTO THE TREES. THEY HAVE MANAGETOD KEEP THE FIRE AT BAY FROM THESE HOMES BY RAKINGHE T BACKYARDS, PULLING OUT THE VEGETATION IN THE BACKYARD, AND MONITORING IT AND SPRAYING WATER WHEN THEY NEED TO TO COOL THE FIRE DOWN AND KEEP IT OFF THESE HOMES. THEIR EFFORTS VEHA PULLED OFF HERE AND EVERYWHERE ELSE WE HAVE GONE IN THE CHRISTMAS VALLEY THIS MORNING. WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY SIGNS OF DAMAGE AND GONE UP AND DOWN SOUTH TRUCKEE ROAD ON THE WEST SIDE OF 89 AND THE EAST SEID OF 89. WE WENT UP THROUGH SANTA CLAUS AND SOME OF OSETH AREAS AND DID NOT SEE ANY SIGNS OF TROUBLE. THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS. FOR THIS VIDEO YOU ARE SEEING LAST NIGHT, WHEN WE DESCENDED INTO CHRISTMAS VALLEY OVER LUTHER PASS, WE SAW FIRE TORCHING IN THE TREES, RACING ACROSS THE RIDGE TOPS — A DIFFERENT STORY THAN WHAT WE ARE SEEING THIS MORNING. LAST NIGHT WAS ABOUT TAKING A DEFENSIVE APPROACH TO THIS AS ETH FEIR WAS SURGING ACROSS THE HILLSIDES AND RACING TOWARDS THE TOWN OF MEYERS, WHERE IT HAS ROUNDED THE CORNER AND THE TREES OVABE MEYERS, BUT NO SIGNS OF FIRE IN MYERS, WHERE THE BUILDINGS, STORES AND HOMES ARE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SECOND VIDEO I WANT TO SHOW YOU. THIS WAS VIDEO AS WE DROVE THROUGH HIGHWAY 88 YESTERY.DA KIRKWOOD IS A SEPARATE HEAD OF ISTH FIRE, AND THE ALPINE COUNTY SIDE OF THIS INCIDT.EN WE SAW HUGE FLAMES BURNING IN THAT AREA, BURNING THE BACKSIDE OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN. THE FIRE WAS SURGING UP THAT HILLSIDE AND DID JUMP THE HIGHWAY IN THAT AREA, BUT AS WE DROVE INTO KIRKWOOD MEADO,WS WE DID NOT SEE ANY SIGNS OF SPOT FIRES OR DAMAGE IN KIRKWOOD PROPER. ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, IT WAS A DFEIFRENT STORY. WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANY REPORTS FROM THAT AREA THIS MNIOR.NG THE FIRE IS BURNING ALONTHEG RIDGE HERE, THIS HILLSIDE YOU ARE LOOKING ATS I JUST BELOW ECHO SUMT, SOMI HIGHWAY0 5 TRAVERSES THIS HILLSIDE ABOVE US . DOWN HERE, THIS IS ONE OF THE OTHER EWSCR HERE, THE FIRE CREW FROM COSUMNES, WHO GOT SOME WATER AND TAKING THEIR POSITION BACK HERE TO PROTECT THESE HOMES. GOOD TO SEE THEM HELPING OUT, ALONG WITH FIRE AGENCIES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, COMING INTO THIS AREA. MORE STRIKE TEAMSRE ON A ORDER TO COME OUT AND PROTECT THE AREA OF MYERS, BUT FURTHER INTO SOUTH KELA TAHOE, WHICH REMAINS A GHOST TNOW THIS MORNING. BACK TO YOU. TEO: THE PAST FEW DAYS, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ATTACK THIS FROM THE AIR BECAU THESE SMOKE WAS SO BAD, VISIBILITY DOWN TO ZOER IN SOME LOCATIONS. IT LOOKS LEIK THE AIR, ALTHOUGH SMOKY, IS NOT BAD ENOUGH TO ALLOW THEM TO ATTACK THIS FROM THE AIR. IS THERE A REASON THEY ARE NOT DOGIN THAT WHILE THE FIRE IS DOWN RIGHTOW? N BRN:IA YEAH, THEY TYPICALLY DON’T FLY IN THE MORNINGS. ERETH IS AN INVERSION LAYER THAT PUTS A CAP ON THE SMOKE. WHILE WE HAVE SOME CLEAR ERROR HERE, IT IS BEING HELIND BY THE INVERSION LAYER THAT FORMS OVERNIGHT. I HAVEEE BN FOLLOWING THE AIR ATTACK ORVE THE LAST FEW DAYS. WHILE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO TACKAT THE HEAD OF THE FIRE AS IT WAS APPROACHING ECHO SUMMIT BECAUSE HEAOFVY SMOKE IN THE AREA, THEY MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS ON THE OTHERART P OF ETH FIRE, NEAR ALPINE COUNTY, WHERE THEY DID A LOT OF AIR ATTACK NOT ONLY YESTERDAY, BUT THE LAST FEW DAYS WHEN THEY COULDN’T PUT RESRCESOU ON THIS PART OF THE FIRE. THEY MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS OVER THERE, TRIED TO KEEITP OVER ON THE NORTH SIDE OF HIGHWAY 88, ALTHOUGH IT DID JUMP YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. DEIRDRE: AND WE WATCHED FROM LIVECOPTER YESTERDAY HOW MUCH RETURN THEY WERE GETTING DOWN. BRIAN, THANK YOU. LET’S TAKE IT TO MIKE TESELLE, WHO IS OVER THE AREA WHERE BRIAN IS, GIVING US A WIDER VIEW. MIKE? MIKE: A GOOD NEWS-BAD NEWS SITUATION THIS MORNING. WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET — WE ARE LOOKING STRAIGHT ACROSS TO THE EASTERLY DIRECTION FROM HIGAYHW 50, ACROSS HIGHWAY 89, WHERE THE SPOT FIRE UPERTED YESTERDAY ABOVE CHRISTMAS VALLEY. IT IS QUITE SMOKY HERE, BECAUSE WE HAVE FIRE BELOW WHERE WE ARE, SMOKE COMING UP FROM HERE, OBSCURING THE FIRE LINE ACROSS FROM US. YOU CAN SEE HOW THE SMOKE OR WIND IS PUSHINTHEG SKEMO TOWARDS THE PARADISE AREA OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE PROPER. WI ND WILL BE A CONCERN HERE TODAY. LET ME EXPLAIN — THIS IS A SPOT FIRE, WHY WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. MY PHOTOGRAPHER IS GOING TO MAKE HIS WAY AND SHOOT DOWN THROUGH THIS SMOKE OF THE FIRE RIGHT BELOW US, AND RIGHT BEHIND THAT, IN CHRISTMAS VALLEY, YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE OUT THE ROOFTOPS OF SOME OF THE HOMES AND CABINS IN THIS AREA. KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS AN AREA THAT LARGELY HAS NOT BURNED YET, BECAUSE THE SPOT FIRE WENT OVER THERE AND AS YOU MOVE YOUR WAY TOWARDS THE RIGHT OF THE CANN,YO IFOU Y WILL, THE FIRE CAME OVER THE RIDGE TOPS AND IS IN THAT CANYON OFF TO THE WEST OF CHRISTMAS VALLEY. YOU HAVE MULTIPLE AREAS WHERE THE FIRE IS BURNING ON BOTH SIDES OF CHRISTMAS VLEY,AL ABOVE IT, BUT THIS IS A FIRE STILL MAKING ITS WAY DOWN TO THE CANYON, SO THE FLOOR, AND TO THE AREA WHERE THOSE HOMES ARE. THEER IS POTENTIAL HERE, BECAUSE WE KEEP SEEING THE FIRE BEHAVIOR . EACH DAY, IT TAKES ON A NEW ATTITUDE. AT THIPOS INT IN TIME, I WOULD NOT REST COMPLETELY EASY JUST YET AS FIRE CREWS HAVE ANOTHER DAY OF HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT THE FIRE STARTING TO MAKE ITS WAY INTO UNBURNED AREAS. 24 HOURS AGO, WE WERE STANDING RIGHT HERE AND THERE WAS NO FIRE, AND IT HAS NOW CRUSTED OVER ECHO SUMMIT — C RESTED OVER ECHO SUMMIT’ AND THE SMOKE IS MOVING STRAIGHT TOWDSAR THE DOWNTOWN LAKE TAHOE PROPER AREA, AND TOWDSAR THE AREA WHERE 89 MEETS UP WITH 50. IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHERAY D WHERE FIRE CREWS HAVE TO BE ON THEIR TOES, DEPENDING ON WHAT HAPPENS WITH THOSE WINDS. WE SAW THIS FIRE FLAREUP AGAIN AND MAKE A GOOD RUN, SO WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS TODAY. BUT THE GOOD NEWS, AS YOU HEARD FROM BRIAN HICY,KE NO SIGNS OF VISIBLE DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES IN CHRISTMAS VALLEY, SO THAT’S A ODGO WAY TO START TODAY. LET’’ HOPE FIRE CREWS CAN KEEP IT THAWAT Y AS FAR AS THIS FIRE DOWN IN THE BASIN. LIVE, ABOVE CHRISTMAS VALLEY, I’M MIKE TESELLE. DEIRDRE, TEO? O:TE GREAT PERSPECTIVE, ME.IK THANK YOU. O:TE LICETIA ORDAZ IS LIVE IN PLACERVILLE THIS MORNING TO SHARE THE FINDINGS OF A PROFESSOR STUDYING THE REFI, AND WHY IT IS FOR COMMUNIESTI EVERYWHERE THIS FIRE SEASON. GOOD MORNING. TAKE A LKOO AT THE IMPACT OF THE CALDOR FIRE. PEOPLERE A CONTINUING TO CAMP OUT IN THIS WALMA PRTARKING LOT HERE IN PLACERVILLE, SO A LOT OF SM OKE IN THE AIR RIGHT NOW. THE PROFESSOR STUDYING THE CALDOR FIRE SAYS UNDERSTANDING PLUMES OF SMOKE CAN BE CRITICAL IN SAVING LIVES, BECAUSE IT GIVES FIRE CWSRE REAL-TIME INFORMATION TO EVACUATE COMMUNITIES SAFELY, LIKE THEY DID IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE YESTERDAY AND POLLOCK PINES TWO WES EKAGO. PROFESSOR NEIL LARUE HAS BEEN RESEARCHING OKSME PLUMES FOR SOME TIME NOW. THIS IS A THREE DIMENSIONAL RENDERING FROM THE CALDOR FEIR ON SUNDAY. IT’S A MBCOINATION OF HOT SPOTS DETECTED FROM INFRARED AIRCRAFT OBSERVATIONS. IT SHOWS A LARGE PLUME COMING OFF THE HEAD OF THE FIRE OVER ECHO SUMMIT. THAT MEANS THERE’S MORE AND MORE MATERIAL AND DEBRIS THAT’S BEING LOFTED UP INTO THE AIR AND TNHE DROPPED BACK DOWN TO THE SURFE. PROFESSOR LAREAU SAYS THE PLUMES EAR ON THEIR WAY, AND CREATE A DANGERSOU SITUATION FOR SO MANY COMMUNITIES. >> WHAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH THE DIXIE FIRE AND THE CALDOR FIRE THIS YEAR, THEYRE A TWO FIRES CROSNGSI THE SIEA,RR THREATENING MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES ALONG THE WAY, AND ELUDING OUR ABILITY TO CONTAIN THESE FIRES. YOU HEAR EVERY FEIRFIGHTER TALKING ABOUT IT. THESE WERE THE FIRES THEY WERE FIGHTING BEFORE. LTCICIA: THEY ARE TRYING TO TELL EVERYONE TO BE PREPARED, AND DON’T THINK THAT IT CAN’T HAPPEN TO YOU. IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE, AS WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS. LETICIA OAZRD, KCRA THREE NEWS. DEIRDRE: LET’S TALK WHETHER AT A QUARTER TO 7:00. KCRA 3’S MELANIE HUNTER JOINS US WITH A LOOK AT HOW THE CALDOR FIRE IS IMPACTING AIR QUALITY. MELAE:NIAK TING A LOOK AT THE WORST OF THE AIR QUALITY, WHERE YOU SEE THE BRIGHTEST COLORS, THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE THE THICKEST CONCENTRATION OF SME.OK BETWEEN PLACERVILLE, WHERE WE SODLI –AW S LETIAIC, AND IN AND AROUND BLUE CANYON, THAT’S WHERE I AM SEEING THE WORST AIR QUALITY. THE WIND IS GOING TO BE CRUCIAL AS WE CONTINUE INTO THE AFTERNOON. RIGHT NOW AS WE TAKE A LOOK, WE HAVE LIGHT WIND THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE. BUT HERE’S WHERE WE HAVE MIKE TESELLE, AT ECHO SUMMIT,THEN WE HAVE BRIAN HICYKE IN CHRISTMAS VALL.EY MIKE TESELLE SAID THEY ARE STARTING TO FEEL MORE OF A BREEZE. WE ARE FORNATUTE THAT THE WIND HAS REMAINED FAIRLY LIGHT. SOME OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, IN AND AROUND LAKE SPRING, WE TIMIDLY SHOWOU Y THAT CAMERA SHOT SHOWING PLUMES OF SMOKE. THERE HAVE BEEN GUSTY WINDS IN TH20E MILE-PER-HOUR RANGE. NEAR KIRKWOOD AT ONE OF THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, 9000 FEET, ETH GUSTS HAVE BEEN IN THE 20 MILE-PER-HOUR RANGE AS WELL. LET’S TIMEOUT THE WIND PATTERN AS TO HOW IT WILL CHANGE INTO THE MORNING AND HEADING INTO THE AFTERNOON. FOCUS ON THE SIERRA, WATCH THE GREEN AND THE YELLOW SHADING. WE WLIL FILL IN WITH MEOR OF THE YELLOW SHADING. WE HAVE A SOUTHWEST WDIN GUSTING INTO THE 30 MILE-PER-HOUR RANGE AT TIMES IN SOME HIGRHE ELEVATIONS. OTHER SPOTS IN THE 20 MILE-PER-HOUR RANGE. TODAY COULD BE GUSTIER AS WELL. INTO THE EVENING, WE GET THAT LITGH DOWN SLOPING FLOW AGAIN AND DO IT ALL ORVE AGAIN TOMORROW, EXPECTING A GUSTY SOUTHWEST FLOW AGAIN. CRIT

Caldor Fire: Crews work to protect Tahoe-area homes as thousands remain evacuated

Flames have jumped east of Highway 89


Firefighters have been dispatched to the Christmas Valley area to protect homes a day after evacuation orders were issued for all of South Lake Tahoe as the massive Caldor Fire continues to burn and spread.Leer en españolIn addition to Christmas Valley, crews have been working to protect homes in the Meyers area.The Caldor Fire, which ignited Aug. 14 near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats, had burned at least 191,607 acres, or more than 299 square miles, and containment stood at 16% as of Tuesday morning, Cal Fire said.As of Tuesday morning, Cal Fire said 486 homes and 11 commercial properties had been confirmed destroyed. The fire also damaged fiber lines.KCRA 3’s Lysee Mitri confirmed Monday that flames had jumped east of Highway 89 by Echo Summit.More than 33,000 structures remain threatened, and evacuation orders are in place for tens of thousands of people. An evacuation order means residents need to immediately move out of the area due to an imminent threat to life and the area is closed to public access.(Scroll down to see a complete list of evacuation orders, warnings and an evacuation map.)Monday’s expanded evacuation orders for South Lake Tahoe, a city of about 22,000, came as a red flag warning went into effect for the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades. “This is a systematic evacuation, one neighborhood at a time,” South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Travis Cabral said on social media. “I am asking you as our community to please remain calm.” Officials at a Monday evening briefing said the city of South Lake Tahoe has been preparing in event of evacuations ever since the Angora Fire in 2007 that destroyed hundreds of homes. Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe was evacuated Sunday.”All patients have been transferred to regional partner facilities and their families have been notified,” the hospital said on its website. The Lake Tahoe area in the Sierra Nevada mountains is a recreational paradise for Californians looking for a weekend getaway, as well as a national destination. The area offers beaches, water sports, hiking, ski resorts and golfing. South Lake Tahoe, at the lake’s southern end, bustles with outdoor activities, with casinos available in bordering Stateline, Nevada.A woman who said she has lived in Tahoe for 12 years spoke with KCRA 3 while she was waiting in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of people trying to evacuate.”I was on the side of town and I went home to get one thing,” she said. “They should have planned this a little better.”Another resident told KCRA 3 he was packing after hearing about Sunday night’s evacuation warning when he heard his neighbors knocking on his door saying those warnings were upgraded to an order. He was among the thousands stuck in gridlocked traffic, slowly making progress in leaving Monday.”Now we’re just waiting all to get out … but what can you do?” he said. “Feels like an hour and I maybe made it 5 inches.”| VIDEO BELOW | Evacuating South Lake Tahoe: KCRA’s Kristen Simoes talks about packing up her home A 40-mile stretch on Highway 50 remains closed in both directions from Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines to Meyers.Sunday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol closed part of Highway 88 in both directions from Dew Drop Bypass to Highway 89. Caltrans tells KCRA 3 this is an extended closure. It is not clear when the road could reopen.Battling the blazeCal Fire said in its Tuesday morning incident report that “fire activity remained active throughout the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire due to poor humidity recovery.”Lower elevations of the fire saw strong, down-canyon winds that tested control lines in places, Cal Fire said. The current red flag warning remains in effect through 11 p.m. Wednesday. South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Clive Savacool said that winds Monday afternoon weren’t as bad as expected but firefighters were putting out spot fires in Meyers. “It’s important that we stay ahead of that, front-load that area so that as soon as those embers come off the mountain our firefighters can put those out,” he said. Fire perimeter maps show growth in areas north of Twin Bridges and notably in the area near Echo Lake, KCRA 3’s chief meteorologist Mark Finan said. The north side of Highway 50 has also shown spotting. “Caldor is a real tough one for us,” Cal Fire Director Thom Porter said Monday. Three first responders and two other people have been injured in the fire.As the wildfire raged, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 17 declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County. By declaring a state of emergency, the state can pull from federal funds to help battle the blaze. The Caldor Fire is one of several destructive wildfires that have sparked in California this year. The state’s landscape is covered in extremely dry vegetation after a dry winter and early heat waves this year. Experts have said climate change has made the West warmer and drier in recent years, which has increased the potential for wildfires to be more frequent and destructive.The battle for StrawberryOn Saturday, firefighters worked to keep the flames away from structures in Strawberry by running backfire operations and laying down the hose lines. Smith said that Strawberry was chosen as an optimal staging area for firefighters to position themselves should the Caldor Fire begin threatening more homes farther east. Jumping Highway 50The Caldor Fire jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz on Saturday, Aug. 21, a day after a 40-mile stretch of the highway between was closed.The impact of the Caldor Fire could be felt for weeks on Highway 50. The fire has compromised the highway’s safety with unstable trees lining the roadway’s edge. Even after the flames are out, work to assess and remove trees that pose a threat to drivers on that heavily traveled roadway will take time. | VIDEO BELOW | LiveCopter 3 over the Caldor Fire on Aug. 30, 2021| MORE | Wildfire Map: Here’s where California fires are burning| GET THE KCRA 3 APP FOR THE LATEST ALERTS | Apple iOS | Android | A community almost leveledThe community of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, a once wooded area where roughly 1,200 people called home, is hardly recognizable now. The Caldor Fire burned through many of its neighborhoods and businesses, leaving mostly debris.Deputies with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Grizzly Flats and Pollock Pines areas to patrol after receiving reports of looting.| VIDEO BELOW | A look at the Grizzly Flats neighborhood damaged in El Dorado CountyCaldor Fire structure damage mapEl Dorado County officials launched a structure damage map so residents can see the status of their homes.The map is updated daily at 9 a.m. More Grizzly Flats coverage:Video: A look at a Grizzly Flats neighborhood damaged in El Dorado County’A miracle’: Woman learns Grizzly Flats home is still standing after Caldor FireEntire neighborhoods wiped, few homes stand in Grizzly Flats following Caldor Fire’It was getting too close for comfort’: Caldor Fire evacuees rush to escape flamesEvacuation orders for Caldor FireEl Dorado County Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly Flats ProperFlats Proper: The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House, Sweeney Road, Caldor Road and Steely RidgeGrizzly Flats Road east of Four Corners in Somerset into Grizzly Flats ProperThe areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road, Snowbird Lane and Mehwald LaneEast of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.North of Highway 50, east of Forebay Road to Ice House RoadThe intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven, the east side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Highway 88The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House RoadBetween Highway 50 and Slab Creeb from Snows Road to Ice House RoadSouth of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of KyburzNorth of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir and Loon Lake North and south in a line extending from Twin Bridges to the Placer County line and south to the Amador County line From Twin Bridges east to Echo SummitFrom Highway 50 South to Amador/Alpine County line From Highway 50 North to Flag Pole PeakPleasant Valley Road and all intersecting roads extending south from Newton Road to the intersection of E-16 (Mt. Aukum Road)All roads from E-16 (Mt. Aukum Road) between Pleasant Valley Road and Bucks Bar RoadAll residences accessed from Moon-Shadow and Gopher Hole Road off Bucks Bar RoadChristmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit• Highway 89 due west to Watershed Ridge/Echo Summit and south to theAmador/El Dorado County line.• The area from Luther Pass Road, north along the El Dorado/Alpine Countyline to Armstrong Pass. West from Armstrong Pass to Upper Apache at Meyers. West on Upper Apache to Highway 50. West on Highway 50 to Highway 89. South on Highway 89 to the El Dorado/Alpine County line. This includes all homes on both sides of Highway 89.• The area from Upper Apache at Meyers, north along Highway 50, to Elks Club Drive. East on Elks Club Drive to Pioneer Trail, extending due south to Upper Apache at Meyers. (This includes all homes off of Oneidas, Mandan, Apache, Ottawa and Player).• The area north on Highway 50 from Highway 89 to Saw Mill Road. West on Saw Mill Road to Angora Ridge, extending to the Echo Summit. Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the CA ENF/CA TMU wilderness boundary. From the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes. The section from Emerald Bay north of the Placer County line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Boulevard, extending north to Pop Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west to Desolation Wildness across Emerald Bay.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. 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.Trimmer: The area East of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residence off of Pioneer Trail. Tahoe Keys: All residences with the Tahoe Keys community and all residents accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Boulevard, staying east of Third Street. Tahoe Island: East of Highway 50/Highway 89 at the at the Lake Tahoe Boulevard 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 Boulevard following along the north side of Highway 89 through the end of town prior to Pope Beach. Al Tahoe: All residences off of Lakeview, which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood. Sierra Tract: All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail. Bijou: The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven and Fremont and extending to the east in to all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail. Alpine County Highway 89 south, from Luther Pass Road to the Picketts Junction (Highway 88). West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. South to include Kirkwood Ski Resort and Caples Lake.Amador County 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.App users, click here to see a map of active evacuation ordersClick here to sign up for El Dorado County’s alert notification systemEvacuation warnings for Caldor FireAmador County South of the Amador/El Dorado County line along Highway 88 from Dufrene Road west to Omo Ranch RoadNorth of Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs ReservoirWest of the Amador/Alpine county line to Highway 88East of Highway 88 to the Amador/Alpine county line El Dorado CountyNorth of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon LakeMosquito Road from the bridge north to include the community of SwansboroNorth of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows RoadSouth of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and north of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newton Road. East of BUcks Bar Road to Kingsbury DriveSouthwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road, including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar RoadEast of Mt. Aukum Road from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay RoadFrom the evacuation order line in Twin Bridges east to the Echo Summit and from Highway 50 south to the Amador and Alpine county lines and north to the Placer County line Dry Lakes Section: 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 LakeThe area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Boulevard, extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west to Desolation Wilderness across Emerald BayThe remaining area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Alpine/El Dorado county line, north along the California/Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe. North along the water’s edge to the El Dorado/Placer county line. West along the El Dorado/Placer county line to McKinney LakeAlpine County Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing. West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail. West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line. El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line. South of Armstrong Summit to Woodfords to Forestdale Road, north of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to Armstrong Summit. Road closuresHighway 50 closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit toMeyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).• The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Sawmill Road• Highway 50 at Sawmill• Pioneer Trail at Elks Club• Elks Club at Highway 50• Highway 89 at Highway 88 junction• Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain Shelter informationShelter: Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA Shelter: Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CAShelter: Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CATemporary evacuation point: Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA Shelter: Truckee Veterans Hall is open and aimed at those from the South Lake Tahoe Area. 10214 High Street, Truckee, CAShelter: Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada (This is full) Shelter: Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street, Carson City, NV Shelter: Carson High School, 1111 North Saliman Road, Carson City, NV Animal evacuation informationEl Dorado County Animal Services (small animals): 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs, CA. For animal evacuation questions or assistance, call 530-621-5795.Saureel Vineyards (large animals): 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA. Call 530-621-5795 for more info. (This is full) Amador County Fairgrounds (large animals): 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA In Nevada: Douglas County Animal Services: 921 Dump Road, Gardnerville, 775-782-9061 Douglas County Fairgrounds (livestock): 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville, 775-782-9061 East to West Coast Grooming, 1368 Highway 395, Unit B1, Gardnerville, NV, 775-450-1743Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NVSchool closuresThe following schools were closed because of the fire:Gold Oak Union School District: Gold Oak Elementary School and Pleasant Valley Middle SchoolPioneer Union School District: Walt Tyler Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Mountain Creek Middle School — The Associated Press contributed reporting.More Caldor Fire coverageFire crews save Camp Sacramento from Caldor Fire flames for now VIDEO: Tahoe man plays violin while being stuck in evacuation traffic GALLERY: Before and after photos show the Caldor Fire’s impact on Lake Tahoe Red Cross volunteer on Caldor Fire: ‘Everyone who needs help will be helped’ ‘Caldor is a real tough one for us’: Cal Fire chief talks about blaze’s progression Sly Park homes remain unscathed as Caldor Fire burns nearby Wildfire Smoke: Here’s what AQI really means El Dorado County assistance center opens for those impacted by Caldor Fire Galt officer dies after crash while en route to Caldor Fire Containment efforts continue on Caldor Fire; town of Meyers prepares to evacuate With Caldor Fire threatening, Lake Tahoe prepares for emergency Christmas Valley residents prepare for the possibility of Caldor Fire evacuationsCaldor Fire creates worry for El Dorado County winemakers, fruit growersGetting the word out. How deputies alert people to evacuation ordersThousands evacuate to shelters in El Dorado, Amador counties as Caldor Fire burnsHere’s how wildfire evacuees can cast their ballot for the CA recall electionHow to help people impacted by Northern California wildfires | RELATED | Fire Season 2021 Preparedness Guide: What to know, how to keep your family safe

Firefighters have been dispatched to the Christmas Valley area to protect homes a day after evacuation orders were issued for all of South Lake Tahoe as the massive Caldor Fire continues to burn and spread.

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In addition to Christmas Valley, crews have been working to protect homes in the Meyers area.

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The Caldor Fire, which ignited Aug. 14 near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats, had burned at least 191,607 acres, or more than 299 square miles, and containment stood at 16% as of Tuesday morning, Cal Fire said.

As of Tuesday morning, Cal Fire said 486 homes and 11 commercial properties had been confirmed destroyed. The fire also damaged fiber lines.

KCRA 3’s Lysee Mitri confirmed Monday that flames had jumped east of Highway 89 by Echo Summit.

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More than 33,000 structures remain threatened, and evacuation orders are in place for tens of thousands of people. An evacuation order means residents need to immediately move out of the area due to an imminent threat to life and the area is closed to public access.

(Scroll down to see a complete list of evacuation orders, warnings and an evacuation map.)

Monday’s expanded evacuation orders for South Lake Tahoe, a city of about 22,000, came as a red flag warning went into effect for the Northern Sierra and Southern Cascades.

“This is a systematic evacuation, one neighborhood at a time,” South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Travis Cabral said on social media. “I am asking you as our community to please remain calm.”

Officials at a Monday evening briefing said the city of South Lake Tahoe has been preparing in event of evacuations ever since the Angora Fire in 2007 that destroyed hundreds of homes.

Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe was evacuated Sunday.

“All patients have been transferred to regional partner facilities and their families have been notified,” the hospital said on its website.

The Lake Tahoe area in the Sierra Nevada mountains is a recreational paradise for Californians looking for a weekend getaway, as well as a national destination. The area offers beaches, water sports, hiking, ski resorts and golfing. South Lake Tahoe, at the lake’s southern end, bustles with outdoor activities, with casinos available in bordering Stateline, Nevada.

A woman who said she has lived in Tahoe for 12 years spoke with KCRA 3 while she was waiting in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of people trying to evacuate.

“I was on the side of town and I went home to get one thing,” she said. “They should have planned this a little better.”

Another resident told KCRA 3 he was packing after hearing about Sunday night’s evacuation warning when he heard his neighbors knocking on his door saying those warnings were upgraded to an order. He was among the thousands stuck in gridlocked traffic, slowly making progress in leaving Monday.

“Now we’re just waiting all to get out … but what can you do?” he said. “Feels like an hour and I maybe made it 5 inches.”

| VIDEO BELOW | Evacuating South Lake Tahoe: KCRA’s Kristen Simoes talks about packing up her home

A 40-mile stretch on Highway 50 remains closed in both directions from Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines to Meyers.

Sunday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol closed part of Highway 88 in both directions from Dew Drop Bypass to Highway 89. Caltrans tells KCRA 3 this is an extended closure. It is not clear when the road could reopen.

Battling the blaze

Cal Fire said in its Tuesday morning incident report that “fire activity remained active throughout the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire due to poor humidity recovery.”

Lower elevations of the fire saw strong, down-canyon winds that tested control lines in places, Cal Fire said. The current red flag warning remains in effect through 11 p.m. Wednesday.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Clive Savacool said that winds Monday afternoon weren’t as bad as expected but firefighters were putting out spot fires in Meyers.

“It’s important that we stay ahead of that, front-load that area so that as soon as those embers come off the mountain our firefighters can put those out,” he said.

Fire perimeter maps show growth in areas north of Twin Bridges and notably in the area near Echo Lake, KCRA 3’s chief meteorologist Mark Finan said. The north side of Highway 50 has also shown spotting.

“Caldor is a real tough one for us,” Cal Fire Director Thom Porter said Monday.

Three first responders and two other people have been injured in the fire.

As the wildfire raged, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 17 declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County. By declaring a state of emergency, the state can pull from federal funds to help battle the blaze.

The Caldor Fire is one of several destructive wildfires that have sparked in California this year. The state’s landscape is covered in extremely dry vegetation after a dry winter and early heat waves this year. Experts have said climate change has made the West warmer and drier in recent years, which has increased the potential for wildfires to be more frequent and destructive.

The battle for Strawberry

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On Saturday, firefighters worked to keep the flames away from structures in Strawberry by running backfire operations and laying down the hose lines.

Smith said that Strawberry was chosen as an optimal staging area for firefighters to position themselves should the Caldor Fire begin threatening more homes farther east.

Jumping Highway 50

The Caldor Fire jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz on Saturday, Aug. 21, a day after a 40-mile stretch of the highway between was closed.

The impact of the Caldor Fire could be felt for weeks on Highway 50. The fire has compromised the highway’s safety with unstable trees lining the roadway’s edge. Even after the flames are out, work to assess and remove trees that pose a threat to drivers on that heavily traveled roadway will take time.

| VIDEO BELOW | LiveCopter 3 over the Caldor Fire on Aug. 30, 2021

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A community almost leveled

The community of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, a once wooded area where roughly 1,200 people called home, is hardly recognizable now. The Caldor Fire burned through many of its neighborhoods and businesses, leaving mostly debris.

Deputies with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Grizzly Flats and Pollock Pines areas to patrol after receiving reports of looting.

| VIDEO BELOW | A look at the Grizzly Flats neighborhood damaged in El Dorado County

Caldor Fire structure damage map

El Dorado County officials launched a structure damage map so residents can see the status of their homes.

The map is updated daily at 9 a.m.

More Grizzly Flats coverage:


Evacuation orders for Caldor Fire

El Dorado County

  • Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly Flats Proper
  • Flats Proper: The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House, Sweeney Road, Caldor Road and Steely Ridge
  • Grizzly Flats Road east of Four Corners in Somerset into Grizzly Flats Proper
  • The areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road, Snowbird Lane and Mehwald Lane
  • East of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.
  • North of Highway 50, east of Forebay Road to Ice House Road
  • The intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven, the east side of Fairplay Road from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo Ranch and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.
  • All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Highway 88
  • The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail
  • South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House Road
  • Between Highway 50 and Slab Creeb from Snows Road to Ice House Road
  • South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of Kyburz
  • North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir and Loon Lake
  • North and south in a line extending from Twin Bridges to the Placer County line and south to the Amador County line
  • From Twin Bridges east to Echo Summit
  • From Highway 50 South to Amador/Alpine County line
  • From Highway 50 North to Flag Pole Peak
  • Pleasant Valley Road and all intersecting roads extending south from Newton Road to the intersection of E-16 (Mt. Aukum Road)
  • All roads from E-16 (Mt. Aukum Road) between Pleasant Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road
  • All residences accessed from Moon-Shadow and Gopher Hole Road off Bucks Bar Road
  • Christmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit
    • Highway 89 due west to Watershed Ridge/Echo Summit and south to the
    Amador/El Dorado County line.
    • The area from Luther Pass Road, north along the El Dorado/Alpine County
    line to Armstrong Pass. West from Armstrong Pass to Upper Apache at Meyers. West on Upper Apache to Highway 50. West on Highway 50 to Highway 89. South on Highway 89 to the El Dorado/Alpine County line. This includes all homes on both sides of Highway 89.
    • The area from Upper Apache at Meyers, north along Highway 50, to Elks Club Drive. East on Elks Club Drive to Pioneer Trail, extending due south to Upper Apache at Meyers. (This includes all homes off of Oneidas, Mandan, Apache, Ottawa and Player).
    • The area north on Highway 50 from Highway 89 to Saw Mill Road. West on Saw Mill Road to Angora Ridge, extending to the Echo Summit.
  • Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the CA ENF/CA TMU wilderness boundary. From the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes.
  • The section from Emerald Bay north of the Placer County line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.
  • The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Boulevard, extending north to Pop Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west to Desolation Wildness across Emerald Bay.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trimmer: The area East of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping south of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residence off of Pioneer Trail.
  • Tahoe Keys: All residences with the Tahoe Keys community and all residents accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Boulevard, staying east of Third Street.
  • Tahoe Island: East of Highway 50/Highway 89 at the at the Lake Tahoe Boulevard 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 Boulevard following along the north side of Highway 89 through the end of town prior to Pope Beach.
  • Al Tahoe: All residences off of Lakeview, which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood.
  • Sierra Tract: All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail.
  • Bijou: The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven and Fremont and extending to the east in to all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail.

Alpine County

  • Highway 89 south, from Luther Pass Road to the Picketts Junction (Highway 88). West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. South to include Kirkwood Ski Resort and Caples Lake.

Amador County

  • 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.

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Evacuation warnings for Caldor Fire

Amador County

  • 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

El Dorado County

  • North of Slab Creek to Wentworth Springs Road between Sand Mountain and Loon Lake
  • Mosquito Road from the bridge north to include the community of Swansboro
  • North of Highway 50 to Slab Creek between Smith Flat and Snows Road
  • South of Highway 50 to Pleasant Valley between Smith Flat and Snows Road, and north of Pleasant Valley between Holm and Newtown
  • South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and Newton Road. East of BUcks Bar Road to Kingsbury Drive
  • Southwest of Bucks Bar Road to Ladies Valley Road, including the community of Outingdale, Ant Hill Road, Perry Creek Road and Sand Ridge between Ladies Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road
  • East of Mt. Aukum Road from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road
  • From the evacuation order line in Twin Bridges east to the Echo Summit and from Highway 50 south to the Amador and Alpine county lines and north to the Placer County line
  • Dry Lakes Section: 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
  • The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Boulevard, extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west to Desolation Wilderness across Emerald Bay
  • The remaining area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Alpine/El Dorado county line, north along the California/Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe. North along the water’s edge to the El Dorado/Placer county line. West along the El Dorado/Placer county line to McKinney Lake

Alpine County

  • Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing. West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail. West of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line. El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line.
  • South of Armstrong Summit to Woodfords to Forestdale Road, north of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to Armstrong Summit.

Road closures

  • Highway 50 closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to
    Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).
    • The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Sawmill Road
    • Highway 50 at Sawmill
    • Pioneer Trail at Elks Club
    • Elks Club at Highway 50
    • Highway 89 at Highway 88 junction
    • Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain

Shelter information

  • Shelter: Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA
  • Shelter: Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA
  • Shelter: Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA
  • Temporary evacuation point: Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA
  • Shelter: Truckee Veterans Hall is open and aimed at those from the South Lake Tahoe Area. 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA
  • Shelter: Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, Nevada (This is full)
  • Shelter: Carson City Community Center, 851 East William Street, Carson City, NV
  • Shelter: Carson High School, 1111 North Saliman Road, Carson City, NV

Animal evacuation information

  • El Dorado County Animal Services (small animals): 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs, CA. For animal evacuation questions or assistance, call 530-621-5795.
  • Saureel Vineyards (large animals): 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA. Call 530-621-5795 for more info. (This is full)
  • Amador County Fairgrounds (large animals): 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA

In Nevada:

  • Douglas County Animal Services: 921 Dump Road, Gardnerville, 775-782-9061
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds (livestock): 920 Dump Road, Gardnerville, 775-782-9061
  • East to West Coast Grooming, 1368 Highway 395, Unit B1, Gardnerville, NV, 775-450-1743
  • Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV

School closures

The following schools were closed because of the fire:

  • Gold Oak Union School District: Gold Oak Elementary School and Pleasant Valley Middle School
  • Pioneer Union School District: Walt Tyler Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Mountain Creek Middle School

— The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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