Caldor Fire Update

There isn’t any sign of the Caldor Fire slowing down anytime soon.

As of Sunday night, August 29th, the fire has burned 168, 387 acres and is 13% contained. At the beginning of Sunday containment was at 19%.

Due to unfavorable conditions, fire crews lost control of the fire as it started migrating towards populated areas of Tahoe Basin.

Evacuation orders were issued on Sunday afternoon to residents of Amador, El Dorado and Alpine counties.

There have also been numerous evacuation warnings issued to residents. Evacuation warnings mean that they should be ready to leave at anytime if needed.

There is currently a closure of Highway 88 and those who live in the area must evacuate on Highway 50 or Highway 89.

Firefighters are actively preparing themselves for the fight at the Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort. All homes and businesses in the area are in mandatory-evacuation zones.

Critical fire conditions are also expected as high winds are anticipated Monday and Tuesday afternoon.

The Caldor Fire first began on August 14th in the El Dorado National Forest near the town of Grizzly Flats. Several homes, as well as an elementary school and post office were burned to the ground.

To be exact, 471 homes and 11 commercial properties have been destroyed as a result. In addition, the fire remains a threat to over 18,000 structures.

UPDATE:

The Caldor Fire, as of Thursday morning, September 2nd, is at 25% containment and has burned at least 210,259 acres. 622 homes have been destroyed along with 12 commercial properties.