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Fire burns over 200,000 acres

STILL THERE. TEO: THE THIRD LARGEST FEIR BURNING IN CALIFORNIA RIGHT NOW. DEIRE:DR EVACUATIONS ARE ISSUED FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY. O:OTE FAR IT HAS BURNED MORE THAN 199,000 600 ACRES WITH CONTAINMENT JUST AT 18%. 400 91 HOMES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED IN THE FIRE BUT THAT NUMBER IS EXPECTED TO GROW .NEARLY 35,000 STRUCTURES ARE CURRENTLY THREATENED. WE EXPECT TO G AETN UP DATE ON ALL OF THESE NUMBERS ARODUN 7:00 A.M.. DEIRDRE: YOU CAN SEE THEY STRETCH ALL THE WAY FROM POLLOCK PINES THROUGH SOUTH LAKE TAHOE. THEYLS A STRETCH SOUTH INTO KIRKWOOD. YESTERDAY THE EVACUATION ORDERS WERE PUT INTO PLACEOR F STATELINE NEVADA. STATELINE CASINOSRE A NOT INCLUDED. TEO: IF YOU NE TED EVACUATE, SEVERAL OVERNIGHT SHELTERS ARE AVAILABLE. GREEN VALLEY COMMUNITY CHUR ICH PLACERVILLE. THERE’S ALSO LIMITED RV ACCESS AVAILABLE THERE. AND ROLLING HILLS CHURCINLH DORADO HILLS. AND TRUCKEE VETERANS HALL IN TRUCKEE. WE HAVE A FULL LIST OF THE ORDERS AND SHELTER S.DEIRDRE: WE HAVE TEAM VECORAGE THIS MORNING. TEO: BRIAN HICKEY AND MIKE TESELLE ARE MONITORING THE FLAMES. DEIRDRE: MELANIE HUNTER IS TRACKING THE CONDITIONS ETH CREWS ARE FACING. WE WILL START WITH MIKE TESELLE. YOU ARE UP ON ECHO SUMMIT. MIKE: WE ARE LOOKING ACROSSO T THE AREA WHERE THE FIRE JUMPED HIGHWAY 89 SEVERAL DSAY AGO CONTINUES TO BURN EASTERLY. MUCH LESS SMOKE THAN YESTERDAY. ATTH SMOKE PLUME MOVING OFF TO THE LEFT. OCCASIONALLY WE CAN SEE FLAMES ON THE RGEID TOPS IN THE DIRECTION OF HEAVENLY. SOME SIGNIFINTCA FLAMES AS SOME THEOFSE CREAMS — FLAMES CROWN AND TORCH THIS MORNING. THERE ARE MULTIPLE ACTIVE SPOTS ALONG HIGHWAY 50 ON THE WEST SIDE OF ECHO SUMMIT. WE JUST DROVE THROUGHRO FM POLLOCK PINES ALL THE WAY UP TO THIS SPOT THIS MORNING. SOME SPOTS IT IS SO SMOKY THAT THE VISIBILITY IS DOWN TO ZERO. LET ME JUST RUN THROUGH IT REAL QUICK BECAUSE I’VE GOTTEN A LOT OF QUESTNSIO OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS. THERE IS A FEIR IN THE RIVERNTO AREA THAT CONTINUES TO BURN ON THE SOUTH SIDE. THERE ARE FIRE TRUCKS AND RESOURCES FOR STRUCTURE PROTECONTI AND THEN ABOUT 10 MILES WEST OF THE SNOW PARK RIGHT BEFORE YOU GET TO SCOTT’S TRACK WEST OF STRAWBERRY WE HAVE SEEN ACTIVE FIRE. THE TWIN BRIDGES AREA SAW ACTIVE FIRE IN THAT AREA. MULTIPLE RESOURCES IN THAT AREA AND AS YOU APPROACH THE SUMMIT THERE IS FIRE ATTH HAS BURNED UP TO THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL. FLAMES CONTINUE TO BURN ON THAT HILLSIDE AND WE HAVE SEEN THIS FIRE ALONG THE RGEID TSOP MOVING ITS WAY IN THE EASTERLY DIRECTION. A VARIED MORNING OF CDIONTIONS. WE CAN SEE STARS ANDHE MOON AND THAT MEANS THERE’S NO INVERSION LAYER TO LAY DOWN THOSE FLAMES. TOWARDS POLLOCKIN PES THERE ARE OTSPS WHERE THE SMOKE IS SO SUCKED IN THAT THE FLAMES ARE STAYING DOWN NEAR ETH GROUND AND OTHER AREAS ARE IN BWEET WHERE WE HAVE SEEN SOME ACTIVE FIRE. LOTS TO GET TO THIS MORING. THERE ARE SO MYAN HOUSES TINHAT VALLEY BELOWOU Y THEY WERE COMPLETELY READY TO SAY IT’S A TOTAL LOSS LAST NIGHT. IT’S INCREDIBLE HOW ABLE THESE FIFIREGHTERS WERE TO PROTECT THESE HOMES BELOW YOU. MIKE: WE VEHA HAD TWO DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINTS. I HAVE BNEE ABOVE THE AREA LOOKING ON BOTH SIDES. BRIAN HICKEY HAS BN DRIVING IN THAT AREA. IT REALLY DOES SOUND LIKE THAT AREA MAY HAVE DODGED A BULT. WE HAVE STILL SEEN WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN THIS HIGH FIRED DANGER YEAR. HOW QUICKLY EMBSER CAN START NEW FIRES. IT IS AMAZING THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABO SUTTRUCTURES DAMAGED IN LAKE TOEAH THIS POINT. DEIRDRE: NOW WE WILL TAKE YOU DOWN TO BRIAN HICKEY. YOU ARE ALONG LLKE ROAD NEAR HEAVENLY SKI RESORT. IAN:BR THEY’VE GOT THE FAN GUNS AND SNOWMAKING MACHINES READTOY GO. IT HAS WORKED ITS WAY UP IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION. BUT STILL HAS SOME DISTANCE TO GO. CERTAINLY A CONCERN THAT THAT FIRE WOULD CONTINUE MARCHING TOWARD DOUGLAS COUNTY. NOW EVACUATION WARNINGS FOR THE FOOTHILLS OF THE EASTERNPE S OF THE SIERRA AND THE CARSON VALLEY. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VIDEO WE SHOT EARLIER THIS MORNING. HIGH MEADOWS TRAIL IA ROAD THAT LEADS UP TO AN AREA CALLED HIGH MEADOWS. THE ADHE OF THIS PORTION OF THE FIRE IS NOW UP IN THAHIT MEADOWS AREA. RYVE POPULAR AREAS FOR HIKING. SHOULD THE FIRE CONTINUE IN THAT DIRECTION IT COULD GET UP TO THE SIERRA CREST AND BLOW EMBERS ONTO THE EASTERN S.LO WE HAVE SEEN DOZERS OUT THERE IN HOSIER’S REY AD GO SHOULD THE FIRE MAKE A TURN FOR THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. THEY HAVE DONE ATHS EY CAN TO PREPARE FOR THAT AREA. FOR NOW THEIR FE HAS CONTINUED MARCHING UP THE MOUNTAIN. THEY HAVE MANAGED TO STEER THE FIRE AWAY FROM THE COMMUNITY. FOR NOW IT FISOLLOWING THE TERRAIN IN THE LIGHT BREEZES THAT HAVE CARRIED IT FURTHER UP THE MOUNTAIN. CERTAINLY A REAL THREAT AND THAT IS WHY THOSE EVACUATION ORDERS REMAIN IN PLACE FOR W.NO DEIRDRE: WE TRIED TO GET A BETTER VIEW OF THE FE IRAND THE CHOPRPE HAD TO OFF FROM THEIR FE BECAEUS OF THOSE LARGE PLUMES OF SMOKE. MELANIEAN C- – MELIEAN HE FEELS MORE MOISTURE IN THE AIR. I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHERWEE HAVE BRIAN THIS MORNING. HERE’S WHERE BRIAN WAS MENTIONING HE WAS THERE EARLIER. THIS IS THE FIRE OUTLINE ANDIER. THAT WAS TAKEN AS OF YESTERDAY. A LOT OF THAT AREA THAT IS BURNING IS ALL THIS VISITATION — VEGETATION. THESE WERE SOME OFHE AREAS THAT WERE SPARED YESTERDAY .SO IT CAME VERY CLOSE.DAY AS WE ZOOM OUT YOU GET A BIG SENSE OF WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT WITH THE FIRE. THAT’S WREHE THE FIRE REMAINED ACTIVE YESTERDAY AS WELL AS THAT FAR NORTHEASTERN PORTION. THIS MORNGNI IS WHERE THE GUSTS ARE A BIT HIGHER. WE ARE GOING TO GET GUSTY OUT OF THE SOUTHWEST TODAY. YOU SEE THAT RED OUTLINE. WE ARE EXPECTING THE SEAM FLOW OUT OF THE SOUTHWEST

Caldor Fire: Crews continue protecting structures as fire burns over 200K acres

Fire’s cause is under investigation, Cal Fire says


Fire crews are continuing to protect homes and businesses threatened by the fast-moving Caldor Fire as flames raced across treetops and drought-stricken vegetation amid expanded evacuation orders this week.Despite how close flames got to the communities of Meyers and Echo Summit, firefighters were able to protect structures from being burned down. At Heavenly Ski Resort, snow blowers were used to increase humidity in the air. As of early Wednesday morning, active fire could be seen in the Twin Bridges area and west of Strawberry. Additional evacuation orders were issued in Alpine County and Douglas County, Nevada, on Tuesday as fire activity increased. 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. Leer en español The Caldor Fire, which ignited Aug. 14 near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats, has burned at least 204,390 acres, or more than 319 square miles, and containment stood at 20% as of Wednesday, Cal Fire said. Click here to see a map showing the fire’s progression. As of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said 544 homes and 12 commercial properties had been confirmed destroyed. The fire also damaged fiber lines. Roughly 35,000 structures remain threatened, and evacuation orders are in place for tens of thousands of people. South Lake Tahoe evacuatedMore than 59,000 Californians — roughly 53,000 in El Dorado County alone — had been told to evacuate their homes due to wildfires burning across the state, according to Tuesday data the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.Monday’s 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. | VIDEO BELOW | Evacuating South Lake Tahoe: KCRA’s Kristen Simoes talks about packing up her homeThe U.S. Forest Service also announced all forests in the state of California will be closed for because of fire risk.Battling the blazeThe fire was “very active overnight” amid poor humidity recovery and warm temperatures, Cal Fire said in its Wednesday morning incident report.Spot fires are also being found up to a half mile away from the fire’s edge, which is hampering containment efforts.Firefighters on Wednesday were gearing up for expected dry conditions and winds with gusts up to 35 to 40 mph in some areas. A red flag warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday.”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. The fire’s cause is under investigation.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.Caldor Fire timelineAug. 14The Caldor Fire ignites near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats.Aug. 17The community of Grizzly Flats was mostly leveled by the fire. Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County, allowing for access to federal funds to assist in subduing the fire.Aug. 20Officials close Highway 50 to allow for first responders to travel across easier.Aug. 21A spot fire jumped north of Highway 50.Aug. 28The Caldor Fire reaches the mountain community of Strawberry, but crews were able to protect structures.Aug. 30The fire jumps east of Highway 89 near Echo Summit. U.S. Forest Service officials also announced they would close all national forests in the state as wildfire risk increases.Caldor 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. Evacuation 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.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.North of Highway 88, along the Alpine/El Dorado County line and Armstrong Summit to the Nevada state line. West of the Nevada state south to Luther Creek. Northwest of Luther Creek to Woodfords. North of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado County line. 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. Douglas County, NevadaUpper Kingsbury (South)Upper Kingsbury (North)Central KingsburyLower KingsburyRound Hill region and roads including Lower Elks PointLake VillageLower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads Orders also include areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks Point Road, excluding Stateline casinos, and State Route 207 from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive.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 CountyNorth of Highway 89 from Woodfords due north to Luther Creek at the Nevada State line.• East of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing.• East of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail.• East of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line.• El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line east to the northern lake edge of Upper Blue Lakes.• North of the North-west Lake edge of Upper Blue Lake to the southern aspect of Hawkins Peakand to Woodfords junction.• South of Highway 88 at Woodfords Junction to Forestdale Road Road closuresHighway 88 is closed between Peddlers Ridge and the Highway 88/89interchange. Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to theCalifornia/Nevada state line Highway 89 at the Placer County/El Dorado County line in TahomaClick here for more information on highway closuresShelter 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: Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek, 581 Hwy 49 Sutter Creek, CA 95685 Shelter: Truckee Veterans Hall, 10214 High Street Truckee, CA 96161 Shelter: Douglas County Community & Senior Center (Douglas Co. residents only), 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NVShelter: Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV RV Dry Camping and Large Animals: Dayton Event Center/Rodeo Grounds, 500 Schaad Lane, Dayton, NV; Lyon County Fair Grounds 100 95A East Yerington, 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: Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NVLyon County Fair Grounds – Dry Camp Only, 100 95A East, Yerington, NV Dayton Event Center/Rodeo Grounds – Dry Camping Only, 500 Schaad Lane, Dayton, NV Douglas County Fairgrounds, 920 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville, NV — 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 wildfiresVideo: 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 flamesUS military’s firefighting aircraft assist in battling Caldor Fire | RELATED | Fire Season 2021 Preparedness Guide: What to know, how to keep your family safe

Fire crews are continuing to protect homes and businesses threatened by the fast-moving Caldor Fire as flames raced across treetops and drought-stricken vegetation amid expanded evacuation orders this week.

Despite how close flames got to the communities of Meyers and Echo Summit, firefighters were able to protect structures from being burned down. At Heavenly Ski Resort, snow blowers were used to increase humidity in the air.

As of early Wednesday morning, active fire could be seen in the Twin Bridges area and west of Strawberry.

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Additional evacuation orders were issued in Alpine County and Douglas County, Nevada, on Tuesday as fire activity increased. 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.

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The Caldor Fire, which ignited Aug. 14 near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats, has burned at least 204,390 acres, or more than 319 square miles, and containment stood at 20% as of Wednesday, Cal Fire said. Click here to see a map showing the fire’s progression.

As of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said 544 homes and 12 commercial properties had been confirmed destroyed. The fire also damaged fiber lines.

Roughly 35,000 structures remain threatened, and evacuation orders are in place for tens of thousands of people.

South Lake Tahoe evacuated

More than 59,000 Californians — roughly 53,000 in El Dorado County alone — had been told to evacuate their homes due to wildfires burning across the state, according to Tuesday data the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Monday’s 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.

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

The U.S. Forest Service also announced all forests in the state of California will be closed for because of fire risk.

Battling the blaze

The fire was “very active overnight” amid poor humidity recovery and warm temperatures, Cal Fire said in its Wednesday morning incident report.

Spot fires are also being found up to a half mile away from the fire’s edge, which is hampering containment efforts.

Firefighters on Wednesday were gearing up for expected dry conditions and winds with gusts up to 35 to 40 mph in some areas. A red flag warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Wednesday.

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“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. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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.

Caldor Fire timeline

Aug. 14

The Caldor Fire ignites near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats.

Aug. 17

The community of Grizzly Flats was mostly leveled by the fire. Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County, allowing for access to federal funds to assist in subduing the fire.

Aug. 20

Officials close Highway 50 to allow for first responders to travel across easier.

Aug. 21

A spot fire jumped north of Highway 50.

Aug. 28

The Caldor Fire reaches the mountain community of Strawberry, but crews were able to protect structures.

Aug. 30

The fire jumps east of Highway 89 near Echo Summit. U.S. Forest Service officials also announced they would close all national forests in the state as wildfire risk increases.

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.


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.
  • 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.
  • North of Highway 88, along the Alpine/El Dorado County line and Armstrong Summit to the Nevada state line. West of the Nevada state south to Luther Creek. Northwest of Luther Creek to Woodfords. North of Highway 88 and Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado County line.

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.

Douglas County, Nevada

  • Upper Kingsbury (South)
  • Upper Kingsbury (North)
  • Central Kingsbury
  • Lower Kingsbury
  • Round Hill region and roads including Lower Elks Point
  • Lake Village
  • Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads

Orders also include areas from Highway 50 at Lake Parkway, East to Elks Point Road, excluding Stateline casinos, and State Route 207 from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive.

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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

  • North of Highway 89 from Woodfords due north to Luther Creek at the Nevada State line.
    • East of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail Crossing.
    • East of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail.
    • East of Summit City Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line.
    • El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line east to the northern lake edge of Upper Blue Lakes.
    • North of the North-west Lake edge of Upper Blue Lake to the southern aspect of Hawkins Peak
    and to Woodfords junction.
    • South of Highway 88 at Woodfords Junction to Forestdale Road

Road closures

  • Highway 88 is closed between Peddlers Ridge and the Highway 88/89
    interchange.
  • Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to the
    California/Nevada state line
  • Highway 89 at the Placer County/El Dorado County line in Tahoma

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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: Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek, 581 Hwy 49 Sutter Creek, CA 95685
  • Shelter: Truckee Veterans Hall, 10214 High Street Truckee, CA 96161
  • Shelter: Douglas County Community & Senior Center (Douglas Co. residents only), 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV
  • Shelter: Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV
  • RV Dry Camping and Large Animals: Dayton Event Center/Rodeo Grounds, 500 Schaad Lane, Dayton, NV; Lyon County Fair Grounds 100 95A East Yerington, 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:

  • Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV
  • Lyon County Fair Grounds – Dry Camp Only, 100 95A East, Yerington, NV
  • Dayton Event Center/Rodeo Grounds – Dry Camping Only, 500 Schaad Lane, Dayton, NV
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds, 920 Pinenut Road, Gardnerville, NV

— The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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