CA | Caldor Fire | Update

CALDOR FIRE UPDATE

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Bright orange flames light up a dark night sky while smoke is visible across a hilly landscape.
Credit – Kaleen Lynde, USFS

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Community Meeting

October 6, 2021 @ 1700 hours PT (5pm)

Virtual Meeting Hosted by the Eldorado National Forest

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

A large airplane skims across a lake to scoop water.
Credit – USFS

The fire started on August 14, 2021 around 1845 hours PT.

Located 15 miles NE of Paradise; Two miles E of Omo Ranch; Four miles S of Grizzly Flat and 16 miles NE of Plymouth. Burning in El Dorado, Amador and Douglas Counties in the El Dorado National Forest in the State of California.

Initially started as a brush fire but quickly turned into a wildfire. The cause is still under investigation. No preliminary has been released by either Law Enforcement and/or the Fire Marshal as of yet.

Fire fuels include timber, light slash and brush.

CURRENT STATUS

A large airplane flies overhead and drops water while a firefighter looks on from the ground.
Credit – USFS

221,775 acres.

93% contained. Expected to be fully contained by October 16, 2021.

782 structures have been destroyed.

81 structures were damaged.

35 structures are currently are threatened.

Five injuries to both firefighters and to civilians have occurred as released by Fire Officials.

There has been a total cost-to-date (fire suppression and containment effort expenses) reached at a whopping $249 Million Dollars.

FIRE RESPONSE

Several firefighters wearing gear and carrying tools attend to flames near a roadside and large boulders..
Credit – USFS

Fire management is under USFS CIIMT Team 13’s Incident Commander (IC) Mike Wakoski.

Currently, there are 1,336 total personnel assigned along with eight helicopters, 34 crews and 75 engines.

Incident Cooperators –

City – Georgetown FD, Placerville FD, Mosquito FD, Garden Valley FD,

County – Amador Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado Sheriff’s Office, Irrigation District, Government, FD, DOT, EMSA and the Office of Ed.

District – Indian Diggins School District, Grizzly Water District, Marshall Medical Center, Barton Health and Lake Valley Fire District.

Federal – Dept. of Ag.

State Fire Resources – CALFIRE, CALTRANS, CAL OES Fire, State Water Resources Control Board, KAMPS and CAL EPA.

Tribal – Shingle springs Band of Miwok Indians FD.

Utilities – Sierra Pacific Industries, Grizzly Flats Community Service District, SMUD, AT&T, Volcano Telephone and Verzon.

HASHTAGS

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CA | Caldor Fire | Update

CALDOR FIRE UPDATE

Wisps of smoke drag across a large landscape of rocky forest.
Credit: Kaleena Lynde, USFS

Thursday, September 30, 2021

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

Started August 14, 2021 around 1845 hours PT.

Cause is under investigation. No preliminary report has been released as of yet.

Located 15 miles NE of Paradise; Two miles E of Omo Ranch; Four miles S of Grizzly Flat. Burning in El Dorado, Amador and Douglas Counties, California in the El Dorado National Forest.

Initially started as a brush fire but quickly turned into a wildfire.

Fire fuels include timber, light slash and brush.

CURRENT STATUS

221,775 acres.

91% contained. Expected to be fully contained by October 16, 2021.

81 structures damaged (homes, commercial, others).

1,003 structures destroyed (same as above).

1,467 total personnel assigned to incident.

Five injuries, both fire personnel and civilians.

FIRE RESPONSE

Pioneer Fire District, El Dorado County FD, Placerville FD, Mosquito FD, Garden Valley FD, Georgetown FD, CAL OES Fire, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD and the Lake Valley Fire District.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Amador County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP.

Sierra Pacific Industries, PG&E, El Dorado Irrigation District, Grizzly Flats Community Service District, SMUD, AT&T, Grizzly Flats Water District, Volcano Telephone, State Water Resources Control Board, KAMPS and Verizon.

El Dorado County, CAL TRANS, Indian Diggins School District, El Dorado County DOT, El Dorado County Office of Education, El Dorado County EMSA and El Dorado County Dept. of Agriculture, CAL EPA.

Marshall Medical Center and Barton Health.

USFS, El Dorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (USDA), USFS Fire – California.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Greater Nevada CU – accepting donations of essential items to support impacted fire victims/evacuees/business owners/etc. Most effective way is to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross. Go to GNCu.org/RedCross

HASHTAGS

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CA | Caldor Fire | Update

Sunday, September 12, 2021 Update

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COMMUNITY PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Online at 1700 hours (5pm) Daily

Details –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

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INCIDENT SUMMARY – The Incident Summary includes the date and time the fire ignited, the cause (if determined or released by officials), the location and other incident related information.

Bright orange flames light up a dark night sky while smoke is visible across a hilly landscape.
Credit | Kaleena Lynde/USFS
  • Located15 miles northeast of Paradise, California
  • Two miles east of Omo Ranch
  • Four miles south of Grizzly Flat
  • Burning in El Dorado, Amador and Douglas Counties
  • Initially a brush fire, turned wildfire
  • Started August 14, 2021, around 1900 hours PT
  • Fire fuels: timber, light slash and brush

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR / WEATHER – Listed below are today’s fire and significant weather conditions that are contributing to current fire behavior.

  • Fire behavior is active with isolated torching, creeping and smoldering

CURRENT STATUS – The current status and its stats are listed below

FIRE RESPONSE

  • Unified Command: NIMO (Team 2), IMT1 (CAL FIRE, Team 2) and IMT (CA Team 4).
  • 4,029 total personnel
  • 52 crews
  • 249 engines
  • 45 copters
  • 34 dozers
  • 70 water tenders
  • Super Scoopers – dipping into Lake Tahoe

THREATENED – Threats are listed by different communities and what type of structures or valued assets in the area, if known.

  • Multiple communities, structures and infrastructure

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT – Damage assessments are constantly ongoing. These are the current stats that include: structural loss, damaged, injuries to both first responders and citizens, as well as cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

  • 1,033 structures lost (residences, commercial and other)
  • 81 structures damaged (homes, commercial, other)
  • 5 injuries (fire personnel and civilians)
  • $152 Million CTD
Image
Credit | CAL FIRE

COMMUNITY RESOURCES – Incident Cooperators usually include all facets of infrastructure from fire response, law enforcement, government, utilities, human and animal services, public health, environmental, weather-related and community resources. Due to so many partners, we are only going to list resources for evacuees, those impacted directly/indirectly by the fire and others helping to make a difference and support those engaged on this incident.

Animal Services

  • Wildlife Disaster Network – 800-942-6459 (injured wildlife)
  • UC Davis Vet Med
  • Gold Country Wildlife Rescue – 530-885-0862 (rescues)
  • California Raptor Center


Gold Country Wildlife Rescue@GCWRescue·This little flying squirrel, who was found by a firefighter working the #CaldorFire, is feeling much better! He is more active and eating on his own now. Great progress! If you see a wildlife fire victim, please call the Wildlife Disaster Network at 1-800-942-6459.

Human Services

  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (@TahoeWarmRoom Twitter). 530-600-2822
  • World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen)
Image
Credit | CHP

How You Can Make a Difference

  • Starfield Vineyards – donating $1 for “every” bottle of Starfield win sold now through 9/14/2021 to the El Dorado Community Foundation. (starfieldivneyards.com)
  • Greater Nevada CU – accepting donations of essential items to support impacted fire victims/evacuees/business owners/etc. Most effective way is to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross. Go to GNCu.org/RedCross

#CaldorFire #CAwildfires2021 #CAwildfires

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Caldor Fire | Update

Thursday, September 2, 2021

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COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Daily @ 1700 (5 pm) PT – Facebook: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

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INCIDENT SUMMARY – The Incident Summary includes the date and time the fire ignited, the cause (if determined or released by officials), the location and other incident related information.

  • Burning 16 miles NE of Plymouth (El Dorado County)
  • East of Omo Ranch
  • South of Grizzly
  • Burning across the Sierra Nevada
  • Now impacting South Lake Tahoe (NV) areas
  • Consuming lands and forcing mandatory evacuations
  • Started August 14, 2021, before 1900 hours PT
  • Unknown cause
  • Cause is under investigation
  • Heavy timber and steep terrain

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR / WEATHER – Listed below are today’s fire and significant weather conditions that are contributing to current fire behavior.

  • Extreme behavior
  • Long-range spotting
  • Crowning
  • Torching

CURRENT STATUS – The current status and its stats are listed below.

  • 210,893 acres
  • 27% contained
  • 811 structures destroyed
  • 44 structures damaged
  • $80.4 Million cost-to-date
  • Five injuries (fire and citizens)

INCIDENT COMMAND – The Incident is in Unified Command, which consists of these three main agencies working together to manage the CALDOR FIRE.

  • Jeff Veik, CAL FIRE IMT6
  • Joe Reinarz, USFS NIMO 2
  • Rocky Oplinger, ICT1, USFS CIIMT4

INCIDENT COOPERATORS – Incident Cooperators are human and animal service organizations, local/state/federal resources and private businesses/organizations that support one another and the communities they serve in during large long-term disasters/incidents.

Animal Services

  • Wildlife Disaster Network – 800-942-6459 (injured wildlife)
  • UC Davis Vet Med
  • Gold Country Wildlife Rescue – 530-885-0862 (rescues)
  • California Raptor Center

Fire / EMS / Medical

  • Pioneer FD
  • CAL FIRE AEU
  • Georgetown FD
  • El Dorado FD
  • Placerville FD
  • CAL FIRE
  • Mosquito FD
  • Garden Valley FD
  • Cal OES Fire
  • Marshall Medical Center
  • Barton Health
  • Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD
  • Lake Valley Fire District
  • CAL FIRE AEU (https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/)
  • USFS – El Dorado NF
  • TWF Sawtooth Hotshots
  • Lake Tahoe – USFS

Government

  • El Dorado County
  • Indian Diggins School District
  • El Dorado County EMSA
  • El Dorado County Office of Education
  • CAL EPA
  • El Dorado County Department of Agriculture
  • Nevada Guard
  • CA Dept. of Ed.
  • Carson City, Nevada Government
  • Carson City FD
Image
Credit – Nevada National Guard

Human Services

  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (@TahoeWarmRoom Twitter). 530-600-2822
  • World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen)

Law Enforcement

Image
Credit – GBPD
  • SLO City Police
  • SLO Sheriff
  • CAL Poly Police
  • APD

Transportation

  • CALTRANS
  • El Dorado County DOT
  • Nevada DOT
  • Tahoe Trans District

Utilities

  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • PG&E
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • SMUD
  • AT&T
  • Grizzly Flats Water District
  • Volcano Telephone
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • KAMPS
  • Verizon

Donors / Fundraisers

  • Starfield Vineyards – donating $1 for “every” bottle of Starfield win sold now through 9/14/2021 to the El Dorado Community Foundation. (starfieldivneyards.com)
  • Greater Nevada CU – accepting donations of essential items to support impacted fire victims/evacuees/business owners/etc. Most effective way is to make monetary donations to the American Red Cross. Go to GNCu.org/RedCross

THREATENED – Threats are listed by different communities and what type of structures or valued assets in the area, if known.

  • Several communities including the Lake Tahoe area
  • Infrastructure

FIRE RESPONSE – The Fire response states the number of personnel and equipment that has been released by various agencies that are currently assigned or engaged on the incident.

  • 4,451 personnel
  • 80 crews
  • 523 engines
  • 26 copters
  • 96 dozers
  • 77 water tenders
Image
Credit – GBPD

HOW TO HELP

The Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs

  • This Shelter is looking for lots and lots of volunteers 18+ of age to help with all of the misplaced animals.
  • If you are unable to volunteer, they sure could use blankets, cat boxes and cat bowls. Phone #530-621-5795.

KQED, Local Media

California Department of Education Foundation
https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/cde-emergency-response-fund/cdefoundation?modified=1

Community Support

  • Carson City FD requests that you not donate to the stations but directly to the community.
  • We are asking for evacuees to not bring the items to Station 51. Instead, call 775-887-2100 for more information on where you can donate! We are proud of the support from our community for those who are impacted by the fire.

EVACUEE RESOURCES

#CaldorFire #CAwildfires2021 #CAwildfires

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CA | Caldor Fire | Update

Tuesday Update – August 31, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY – The Incident Summary includes the date and time the fire ignited, the cause (if determined or released by officials), the location and other incident related information.

  • Burning 16 miles NE of Plymouth (El Dorado County)
  • East of Omo Ranch
  • South of Grizzly
  • Burning across the Sierra Nevada
  • Now impacting South Lake Tahoe (NV) areas
  • Consuming lands and forcing mandatory evacuations
  • Started August 14, 2021, before 1900 hours PT
  • Unknown cause
  • Cause is under investigation

Special Notice: There has been an official presser released by the CA DOF and Fire Protection, that all media accept the responsibility of entering evacuated areas must do so at their own risk, but cannot enter onto private property without permission or impede fire suppression efforts. Most media have been professional while cooperating with Fire and Law Enforcement officials, some have not and unfortunately, have caused an Official Media Advisory to be released by governing agencies collectively.

While we, NWFB cover fire news, we are safely at our current home base in Washington State. Our news is gleaned from verified sources. However, we do cover locally in our home state but never venture onto private property or get in the way of responding/fire suppression units.

Here is the official notice for all media partners out at the CALDOR FIRE to heed. https://twitter.com/CALFIREAEU/status/1432897347151753221/photo/1

Image
Credit | CHP South Lake Tahoe

CURRENT FIRE BEHAVIOR / WEATHER – Listed below are today’s fire and significant weather conditions that are contributing to current fire behavior.

  • Active
  • Long-range spotting
  • Torching
  • Crowning
  • Increased behavior in the NE and Eastern division earlier this AM due to strong winds and poor RH.
  • High winds on the ridgetops produced long-range spotting.
  • Spotting distances were over one-mile ahead of the fire.
  • Fire is continuing to backdown towards Highway 50 in multiple points of the roadway.
  • Red Flag Warning in effect until 2300 hours or 11pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

CURRENT STATUS – The current status and its stats are listed below.

  • 199,632 acres destroyed
  • 18% containment
  • 675 structures lost; 40 damaged
  • 5 injuries
  • $70.2 Million Dollars cost-to-date

INCIDENT COMMAND – The Incident is in Unified Command, which consists of these three main agencies working together to manage the CALDOR FIRE.

  • NIMO, Team 2
  • CAL FIRE, Team 6 (IMT 1)
  • CA USFS, CA Team 6 (IMT 1)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS – Incident Cooperators are human and animal service organizations, local/state/federal resources and private businesses/organizations that support one another and the communities they serve in during large long-term disasters/incidents.

Animal Services

  • Wildlife Disaster Network – 800-942-6459 (injured wildlife)

Fire / EMS / Medical

  • Pioneer FD
  • Georgetown FD
  • El Dorado FD
  • Placerville FD
  • CAL FIRE
  • Mosquito FD
  • Garden Valley FD
  • Cal OES Fire
  • Marshall Medical Center
  • Barton Health
  • Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD
  • Lake Valley Fire District
  • CAL FIRE AEU (https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/)
  • USFS – El Dorado NF
  • TWF Sawtooth Hotshots
Image
Credit | CAL FIRE

Government

  • El Dorado County
  • Indian Diggins School District
  • El Dorado County EMSA
  • El Dorado County Office of Education
  • CAL EPA
  • El Dorado County Department of Agriculture

Human Services

  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (@TahoeWarmRoom Twitter). 530-600-2822

Law Enforcement

Transportation

  • CALTRANS
  • El Dorado County DOT

Utilities

  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • PG&E
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • SMUD
  • AT&T
  • Grizzly Flats Water District
  • Volcano Telephone
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • KAMPS
  • Verizon

THREATENED – Threats are listed by different communities and what type of structures or valued assets in the area, if known.

  • Several communities including the Lake Tahoe area
  • Infrastructure
Image
Credit | USFS – El Dorado NF

FIRE RESPONSE – The Fire response states the number of personnel and equipment that has been released by various agencies that are currently assigned or engaged on the incident.

  • 4,171 total personnel
  • 26 copters
  • 487 engines
  • 95 dozers
  • 77 water tenders
  • 78 crews

COMMUNITY MEETINGS – The PIO has listed on the CAL FIRE website that they are holding daily Community Meetings. Listed are the location where you can find and hear about current fire updates from Officials managing the incident.

CLOSURES – Closures can be local roadways to the Forest Service.

California

  • All National Forests are temporarily closed from August 31 at 2359 PT until September 17 at 2359 PT due to extreme fire conditions. (FS, Pacific SW Region. http://www.fs.usda.gov/r5)

EVACUATIONS – Since, there are so many evacuations all over California and now into Nevada, we are just giving links as this page would be overloaded with a lot of information changing minute-by-minute.

SHELTER RESOURCES – We are adding some Shelter information as it is released by the Emergency Operations Center and other local Agencies, but we recommend that you check your local areas for ever-changing updates.

Storey County (NV)

  • Emergency management and Community Relations.
  • Staff have been deployed for evacuation centers, including indoor spaces and temp RV staging locations.
  • The County does not expect a large number of evacuees but they are self-contained and ready to provide any needed resources to evacuees that come their way.
  • Phone #775-432-4081.

CAL FIRE Shelter info

South Lake Tahoe Evacuees

  • Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV.
  • Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502. Limited space and crates for pets.

CRISIS RESPONSE – There are various organizations that are helping but Facebook and other platforms are using these to allow evacuees to check in that they are safe. Please see the links listed below for more information.

Crisis Response Facebook Page

Ballot Boxes

  • Ballot boxes are temporarily being closed.
  • They do not want to be unable to retrieve them due to the evacuations in effect.
  • Ballots in the El Dorado County area can be dropped in the Placer County ballot drop box in Tahoe City at The Old Fire House at 300 N Lake Blvd. (El Dorado County Elections Dept).
  • Vote Center is open on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at the SLT Community College may be postponed or moved depending on evacuations. Check their local Facebook page.

Transportation – Evacuees

  • All Tahoe Trans District (TTD) buses are helping to support evacuation efforts. Need transportation? They are encouraging you to call 911.

HOW TO HELP

The Animal Shelter in Diamond Springs

  • This Shelter is looking for lots and lots of volunteers 18+ of age to help with all of the misplaced animals.
  • If you are unable to volunteer, they sure could use blankets, cat boxes and cat bowls. Phone #530-621-5795.
Image
Credit | BLMEDC (Placerville)

FROM THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA – There are scores of media, eyewitness accounts, PIOs and other individuals telling the stories of many on the fire ground and in the air. These are some of their quotes of what is or has happened during this incident.

August 30, 2021, Monday

  • “Fire has crossed over Hwy 50 near Echo Summit. Now, heading now towards Hwy 89 and Meyers.” – Media
  • “South Lake Tahoe PD going door-to-door for evacuation notices. Told to get out at 0200 hours. Officers told may not come back to alert them for mandatory evacuation orders.” – Media
  • “Hand crew walking along Santa Claus Drive towards the fire on the east side of Christmas Valley.” – Media
  • “Fire seen all across the mountainside at the Sierra Mountain Resort (ski lifts).” – Media
  • “Fire burned through the Strawberry and Twin Bridges.” – Media
  • “Observed fire burning on both sides of Hwy 50, about 1.5 miles south of Meyers.” – Media
  • “Snow-making machines in the Sierra at Tahoe ski resort works to keep fire at bay. This was a last ditch effort to save their buildings.” – Media
  • “This is not normal. None of this is supposed to be happening.” – Media

August 31, 2021, Tuesday

  • “Fire observed above the Kirkwood Resort.” – Media
  • “Some resources arriving to Kirkwood as reinforcements responding from LA County, Ventura County, Oxnard, CAL FIRE and more.” – Media
(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Caldor Fire

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

The CALDOR FIRE is burning about 16 miles northeast of Plymouth (El Dorado County); east of Omo Ranch and south of the Grizzly community in California on lands owned/managed by the USFS / Eldorado National Forest.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation. It was ignited on Saturday, August 14, 2021, just before 1900 hours PT.

The incident is under Unified Command with CAL FIRE Team 6 and NIMO Team 2. A total of 3,531 personnel are assigned.

Cooperators include:

  • El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office (https://www.facebook.com/eldoradosheriff/)
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Pioneer FD
  • PG&E
  • CHP
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • El Dorado County
  • Grizzly Flats Community Service District
  • SMUD
  • Amador County Sheriff’s Office
  • AT&T
  • Georgetown FD
  • CALTRANS
  • Indian Diggins School District
  • El Dorado County FD
  • Grizzly Flats Water District
  • Volcano Telephone
  • Placerville FD
  • El Dorado County DOT
  • Mosquito FD
  • Garden Valley FD
  • Cal OES Fire
  • El Dorado County EMSA
  • El Dorado County Office of Education
  • Marshall Medical Center
  • Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians FD
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • KAMPS
  • El Dorado County Department of Agriculture
  • Barton Health
  • CAL EPA
  • Lake Valley Fire District
  • Verizon
  • CAL FIRE AEU (https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/)
  • USFS – El Dorado NF

There has been 156,515 acres of timber, light slash and brush destroyed. A sustained 19% containment status has remained.

Fire behavior remains as active with long-range spotting, torching and crowning.

Property Assessments:

  • Damaged | 39 structures
  • Destroyed | 471 homes; 11 commercial; 170 other minor structures

Threatened:

  • 18,347 structures

Injuries:

  • 3 Firefighters
  • 2 Civilians

Resources:

  • 329 engines
  • 78 water tenders
  • 25 copters
  • 73 hand crews
  • 77 dozers
  • 29 other heavy equipment

Closure for roads and shelter information can be found at the USFS website here –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

Evacuation orders –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire/

Animal Evacuation shelters (El Dorado, Amador Counties; Nevada) –> https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU/photos/pcb.870304883609345/870304700276030

Shelter information –> https://www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU/photos/pcb.870304883609345/870304680276032

Crisis Response Facebook Page –> https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/4189473567813710/?alias=4189473567813710&source=search

Local Assistance Center –> 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667. (Folsom Lake Community College, El Dorado Campus in the Fitness Center Building). Hours: Monday-Friday, 1000 hours to 1700 hours. Wednesdays from 1300 to 1900 hours.

The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached an increased total of $57.3 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Caldor Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

Image of Forest Service engines with red night sky in background.
Credit | USFS

The CALDOR FIRE is burning about 16 miles northeast of Plymouth, California on lands owned/managed by the USFS / Eldorado National Forest.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation. It was ignited on Saturday, August 14, 2021, around 1900 hours PT.

The incident is under Unified Command with CAL FIRE Team 6 and NIMO Team 2.

There has been 145,463 acres of timber, light slash and brush destroyed. A 19% containment status has been reached.

Fire behavior remains as active with long-range spotting, torching and crowning.

Several structures, infrastructures and communities are under threat, prompting evacuation orders to remain in effect.

At the time of this post, there has been 139,50 acres consumed along with 650 structures.

About 3,078 total personnel with 79 crews, 244 engines and 21 copters are assigned to this long-term incident.

Closure for roads, shelter info and evacuation notices/orders can be found at the USFS website here –> https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/

The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached a whopping $43.7 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 8

UPDATE 8 | JULY 31, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Current Status

The fire has consumed 413,734 acres of mixed grass and shrub, timber with understory, and timber with litter fuel with a 74% containment.

Fire Operations

“At this point in the fire, we have to think about two things,” says Fire Behavior Analyst Chris Moore, “the fire we know about and the fire we don’t know.” The fire we know is the actively and recently burned portions of the Bootleg Fire. Much of the recent fire activity has been torching and burning pockets of fuel within the burn area. While the fire is not yet contained, a fire line has been constructed around the entire perimeter. Now crews are working to ensure that perimeter holds (is secured) to contain the fire. In some places, fire line is 100 to 150 feet wide from the unburned into the burned area. But some places may require as much as 300 feet to confidently expect the fire to remain contained.  – PIO

South, west east perimeters: crews are patrolling and extinguishing fire and heat (mopping up) where fire is less active.

Northwest and Northeast: To strengthen and expand the fire line. contingency lines or fire breaks, are being constructed.

Engines are lined up along a roadside as headlights shine towards the camera. The sky is darkening behind them.
Credit | USFS

Fire Weather

Critical fire weather is projected for the weekend to include current drought conditions mixed in with low RH, strong surface wind and unstable air. Potential for wind to carry embers and spark new spot fires in areas where the fire line is unsecured.

Resources

Command is under Norm McDonald, Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team.

There are 1,918 total personnel assigned.

Additionally, there are 51 crews, 95 engines and 10 copters.

Agencies and organizations that are assisting with this incident, are called Incident Cooperators. Below is the known partners but some could be missing from this list.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Damage Assessment

There has been 408 structures destroyed. The total CTD is $70.6 Million Dollars for fire suppression and containment costs.

Public Informaiton

Forest Service Closures | The Fremont-Winema National Forest is now open south of Oregon State Route 140. Closures remain in effect north of the highway to provide for public safety and the safety of firefighters. The full closure order and map are available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/fremont-winema/alerts-notices  

Impacted Fire Victims/Evaucees

Insurance Assistance | How to File Fire-Damage Claims |  For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit  https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/home/storm/Pages/wildfires.aspx or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).   

Public Information

Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 7

UPDATE 7 | JULY 30, 2021

Incident Summary

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 20, 2021.

Fire Operations

Thursday was filled with another day of escalated levels of active fire behavior, which was predicted for Fire. Per the IC, that crews are using hose lays, mop up and patrol to contain and improve them. It remains with creeping, torching and smoldering.

Reports of approximately 160 miles of uncontained line in a fire that has over 300 miles of perimeter.

Resources

Currently, there are 1,918 fire personnel, including 47 crews, 22 copters and 98 engines.

A skidder moves vegetation with its grapple hook with smoke and trees in the background.
Credit | Bootleg Fire Facebook Page
  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire has burned about 413,562 acres of timber and brush and is 56% contained.

Damage Assessment

  • Destroyed: 161 homes and 247 other structures destroyed; crews are reporting 408 structures to the NIFC July 30th briefing.
  • Damaged: 16 homes and 15 other structures.
  • Threatened: 2,066 homes.
  • Cost-to-date: $67.4 Million Dollars.

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Bootleg Fire | Sprague River, OR | 6

UPDATE 6 — JULY 26, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The BOOTLEG FIRE was sparked by lightning on July 7, 2021. It is named after the nearby Bootleg Spring. It is located about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River and 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon.

The LOG FIRE has merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident name only, including stats. This occurred on July 19, 2021.

Resources and Incident Cooperators on this incident are the following. (NOTE: Some are either assigned or have been released).

firing crew setting a backfire in Div L
Crew member lighting backfire. Credit – USFS

There are about 2,216 total personnel assigned along with 49 crews, 148 engines and 21 copters.

  • American Red Cross
  • BLM Fire
  • South Central FMP
  • Fremont-Winema NF
  • Klamath County
  • Lake County
  • Oregon National Guard
  • WA National Guard
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Fremont FD (CA)
  • SW Polk FD
  • NWS Medford
  • Metro Fire of Sacramento (CA)
  • Nevada National Guard
  • Baker Aircraft
  • Portland FD
  • American Forests
  • Tanker 10
  • NIFC
  • Kirkland (WA) FD
  • ODF
  • OR’s 2nd District Congressman Cliff Bentz
  • Medford Tanker Base

Current Status

The fire is about 23 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon. Fire behavior is extreme with running, group torching and spotting. About 409,611 acres has been consumed but crews have successfully reached a 53% containment status.

Damage Assessment

There has been 184 destroyed structures and there have not been any new ones in this number, which is great news for property owners and fire crews knowing their efforts are starting to show they are fruitful. Damage costs-to-date has reached a high of $55.3 million dollars.

Restrictions

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