Updated Aug. 22, 8:49 p.m.
Watch Cal Fire’s 5 p.m. Aug. 22 update on the Caldor Fire
The Caldor Fire crossed Highway 50 Saturday as crews battled another day of hot temperatures, dry vegetation and gusty winds.
A spot fire from the larger blaze is burning on the north side of Highway 50 near Kyburz, and grew slightly on Sunday. But Cal Fire reported that there are no additional spot fires burning north of Highway 50.
The highway remains closed between Sly Park Road and the highways 50/89 roundabout in Meyers after it was shut down Friday, and Cal Fire Incident Commander Dusty Martin said it won’t be opening anytime soon. The fire is burning close to the highway, and has caused tree hazards and damage to the roadway.
Some light down canyon winds are expected Sunday, but conditions aren’t expected to be gusty. Weather should be consistent over the coming days, according to Martin. The fire is still very active, and officials stressed Sunday that evacuation orders and warnings will not be lifted any time soon.
Crews battling the Caldor Fire are facing historic conditions that, combined with Red Flag Warning weather, are causing hard runs and spot fires, according to Eldorado National Forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais. He said that he understands why community members may be frustrated there aren’t more resources available, but that the firefighting system is “as taxed as it’s ever been.”
“Our folks on the ground are literally doing everything they can to contain this fire and the conditions they’re up against are the worst in some places that we’ve ever seen,” Marsolais said Saturday.
There was one new evacuation order issued in the Caldor Fire Saturday for the areas south of Farnham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport School Road to the Amador County line, which the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office described as a “mapping technicality.” The small rural area has very few homes, but took the evacuation area out to the Amador County line.
At least 475 structures have been destroyed, including 345 single homes, 6 commercial properties and 124 other minor structures, though damage assessment isn’t complete. Around 17,488 structures remain threatened by the fire. While damage assessment is still ongoing, officials have released a preliminary structure damage map. The data shown on the map is subject to change as information is verified and gathered.
Now at 104,309 acres as of Sunday evening, the Caldor Fire has grown explosively since starting the evening of Aug. 14 south of Pollock Pines. More than 24,000 people have been evacuated, the town of Grizzly Flats has been devastated and at least two people have been injured. The fire is 5% contained.
Here’s the latest information on the fire, evacuations, damages and closures. Information is changing quickly, so please check with local first responders for the most up to date information.
104,309 acres and 5% contained as of 7 p.m. Aug. 22.
Cal Fire updates acreage and containment numbers around 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day.
“We know this fire has done things that nobody could have predicted. But that’s how firefighting has been in the state this year,” said Eldorado National Forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais Tuesday evening. “I’ve spent the past four weeks in the North State and every time a fire broke out it outpaced our models two to one. We’re seeing the same again here.”
According to the California Office of Emergency Services, more than 24,000 people are evacuated in El Dorado County. The fire is still very active, and officials stressed Sunday that evacuation orders and warnings will not be lifted anytime soon. On Thursday night, fire officials said it could be one to two weeks before some people are allowed back into areas under mandatory evacuations.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office described a new evacuation order for the areas south of Farnham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport School Road to the Amador County line announced Saturday as a “mapping technicality,” as the small rural area has very few homes.
The El Dorado Community Foundation has an application for emergency relief funds here.
The El Dorado County Registrar has put out information for how evacuated residents can vote in the recall election.
Here’s how to sign up for emergency alerts:
Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:
Evacuation orders are in effect for the following areas:
- Areas south of Farnham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport School Road to the Amador County line.
- Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly
- 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.
- 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 Hwy 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 Creek 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.
- Silver Fork Road in Kyburz east to Twin Bridges.
- North and south in a line extending from Twin Bridges to the Placer County line and south to the Amador County line.
Evacuation warnings are in effect for the following areas:
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 Newtown Road, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt Aukum Road.
- 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 (E16) from Bucks Bar Road to Omo Ranch Road. North of Omo Ranch Road to the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and Fairplay Road.
- South of Omo Ranch to the El Dorado County Line between Mt Aukum Road (E16) and Fairplay Road to include Coyoteville Road, Cedar Creek and all tributary roads.
- 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.
- Shenandoah Road at the Amador County line west through the River Pines community, continuing west on Shenandoah Road to Ostrom Road.
- Southon Ostrom Road to Jibboom Street, West on Jibboom Street to Fiddletown Road. East on Fiddletown Road to Hale Road.
- South on Hale Road to ShakeRidge Road.
- East on Shake Ridge Road to Charleston Road.
- South on Charleston Road to the intersection of Charleston Road and Rams Horn Grade.
- Due east to Highway 88 at Tiger Creek Road.
- Tiger Creek Road east to Salt Springs Reservoir Road.
- East on Salt Springs Reservoir Road to the east end of the Salt Springs Reservoir.
- Due north from the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir to Highway 88.
- South of the El Dorado-Amador County line with a western border of Highway 88 due south to the east end of Salt Springs Reservoir.
- Southern border of the Calaveras County line.
- Eastern border of the Alpine County line.
Amador County Evacuation map as of 5 p.m., Aug. 20, 2021.
- Green Valley Community Church: 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA
- (temporary evacuation point) Amador County Fairgrounds: 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA
- Rolling Hills Church: 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, CA
- Evelyn Bishop Hall: 600 South Church Street/Hwy 124, Ione, CA 95640
- Douglas County Community Center: 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410
- (FULL) Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682
- (CLOSED)Diamond Springs Fire Hall : 3734 China Garden Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
Animal Evacuation Centers:
Animal services calls should go to 530-621-7440 for small and large animal evacuations and sheltering in place in El Dorado County.
- SMALL ANIMAL SHELTER: El Dorado County Animal Services, 6435 Capitol Ave., Diamond Springs, CA — call (530)-621-5795
- LARGE ANIMAL SHELTER: Saureel Vineyards, 1140 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA 95667(For assistance, call 916-439-2268 or 530-306-3159.)
- (FULL) LARGE ANIMAL SHELTER: Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA 95669 (Empire Street Gate)
You should prepare to evacuate as soon as you get an evacuation warning, and leave as soon as you get an evacuation order. Here are some tips to prepare before evacuating.
Officials also recommend not waiting for an evacuation order or warning and leaving as soon as you no longer feel comfortable in your home.
Sky Stone, a resident of Somerset southeast of Pollock Pines, said he woke up at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to find his power out and multiple messages on his phone telling him to evacuate. Soon, El Dorado County Sheriff’s vehicles were passing his home with sirens blaring.
“Everybody was just really shocked that it had changed direction in the middle of the night and headed back down the mountain because prior to that, it was on the other side of the hill, on the side of the road where it started and was burning up the hill,” Stone said. “So nobody had any expectation that it would come back towards our neighborhood or wipe out Grizzly Flats up above. That’s really shocking.”
You can also follow these social media accounts:
You can call the Cal Fire public information line for the Caldor Fire at (530) 303-2455.
The Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit is hosting community meetings via Facebook live at 5 p.m. each night for residents affected by the Caldor Fire. You can join here.
At least 475 structures have been destroyed, including 345 homes, 6 commercial properties and 124 other minor structures, though damage assessment is not complete. 17,488 structures are threatened as of 7 p.m. Aug. 22. While damage assessment is still ongoing, officials have released a preliminary structure damage map. The data shown on the map is subject to change as information is verified and gathered.
CapRadio and other reporters on the scene confirmed that the Grizzly Flats area has been devastated by the fire, as well as damage in the Somerset and Omo Ranch areas. Tuesday afternoon, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County.
According to Cal Fire, two people were injured near Grizzly Flats in separate incidents and transported by air ambulance to local hospitals. One person had serious injuries.
Caltrans closed Highway 50 between Sly Park Road and Meyers Friday at 4:30 p.m. Some offramps that had been closed are reopened to allow drivers to turn around. Officials do not expect the highway to reopen in the near future.
Check Caltrans’ QuickMap for the most updated information on road closures.
The Eldorado National Forest announced a forest-wide closure starting Wednesday morning to last until Sep. 30.
The El Dorado County Office of Education is updating a list of school closures here.
The following schools will be closed through Friday, August 20:
- Pioneer Union School District – all sites
The following will be closed through Friday, September 3:
- Camino Union School District – all sites
- Gold Oak Union School District – all sites
- Indian Diggings School District – all sites
- Pollock Pines Elementary School District – all sites (closed until Sept. 7)
- Silver Fork School District – all sites
Customers served by the post offices below are being directed to pick up their mail at Diamond Springs Post Office:
- Grizzly Flats Post Office, 4991 Sciaroni Road, Grizzly Flats, CA 95636
- Pollock Pines Post Office, 2669 Sanders Drive, Pollock Pines, CA 95726
- Kyburz Post Office, 13672 Highway 50, Kyburz, CA 95720
- Twin Bridges Post Office, 17481 Highway 50, Twin Bridges, CA 95735
Diamond Springs Post Office: 4949 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
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