September 24 2021 03:30 pm

‘Minimal lightning activity’ reported within Caldor Fire perimeter as storms pass through area

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Cal Fire: 7 a.m. Caldor Fire Incident Update

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The Caldor Fire is now 219,267 acres — nearly 343 square miles — in size and remains 65% contained, Cal Fire said in a release Sunday evening. 16,610 structures remain threatened.


Original story below:

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (AP/KTXL) — There was “minimal lightning activity” within the Caldor Fire perimeter Thursday night into Friday morning as storms moved through the area, Cal Fire reported. A large concentration of strikes occurred on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Firefighters have had enough success against the state’s 15th-largest fire that residents of the city of South Lake Tahoe were allowed to return home last weekend. 

A Red Flag Warning for dangerous fire weather took effect in much of fire-scarred Northern California Thursday afternoon and was expected to last through at least 11 a.m. Friday.

Winds are expected to increase Friday and last through the night, Cal Fire said. Crews will work to secure containment lines in areas at high risk for burning.

218,459Acres Burned
53%Contained
24,647Structures Threatened
1,002 (782 Homes)Structures Destroyed
Sept. 10, 7 a.m. Cal Fire Numbers

“The combination of isolated dry lightning and gusty winds with the dry fuels will bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions,” the National Weather Service said.

South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Clive Savacool told FOX40 Wednesday his main concern was the weather. 

“We have some potential for some thunderstorms coming in, and if its dry lightning, the fire – all bets are off,” he said.

Rain falling over the Caldor Fire hot spots Friday could be beneficial to the firefight. 

More than 24,600 structures remain threatened, Cal Fire reported. At least 782 homes, 18 commercial properties and 202 minor structures have been destroyed by the fire. Eighty-one structures have been damaged.

Numbers reflected may change as crews make progress through the area, but Cal Fire said damage inspections are 99% complete.

The community of Grizzly Flats, near where the fire started, experienced the most damage as it was able to burn before officials could divert significant resources from other blazes scorching California.

The repopulation of Grizzly Flats will begin on Sunday, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Personnel will stagger the number of residents allowed in but expect the process to be done by Monday night. 

A Caldor Fire Recovery page was launched Friday to help those impacted by the fire.

President Joe Biden will survey fire damage during a visit to California next week.

Officials are updating a map indicating the status of structures. Click here to view.

Nearly 10,300 people are under evacuation orders as of Thursday afternoon, including more than 10,100 people in El Dorado County, 61 in Amador County and 100 in Alpine County. 

A map with current evacuation information can be found by clicking or tapping here

The Highway 50 closure has been reduced in some areas, but it remains closed between Ice House Road and Sawmill Road.

Caltrans said Wednesday their team has started assessing the damage the fire has caused and identifying trouble areas along Highway 50 and Highway 89 that need to be addressed before they are reopened.

“Unfortunately, we’ve gone through this before through the Camp Fire and some other fires, so we got the experience on how to tackle this,” explained Caltrans public information officer Gilbert Mohtes-Chan.

The four large casino hotels in Stateline, Nevada, began reopening Tuesday including the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, which is still being used as a command center for firefighters and emergency personnel. The Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa resumed operations Wednesday.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe owner Caesars Entertainment Inc. said a phased reopening would include guest bookings on Wednesday and table games on Thursday. The company’s Harveys Lake Tahoe casino is due to reopen for slots and table games on Sept. 17 and to hotel guests Sept. 18.

Eleven people have been injured in the Caldor Fire, including nine firefighters, Cal Fire reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Residents can sign up for their county’s emergency alert system for evacuation information using the links below:

Evacuation information can also be found at the social media pages and sites below:

The following locations have been listed as evacuation centers: 

  • Rolling Hills Church at 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills, CA, in El Dorado County
  • Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street in Reno, NV, in Washoe County

Families who need assistance sheltering small animals can contact the El Dorado County Animal Services at 530-621-5795. Families with large animals can contact the Amador County Fairgrounds at 530-621-5795 or 530-647-6227.

The El Dorado County Local Assistance Center at Folsom Lake College has temporarily closed. Residents can click or tap here for more information on recovery services, or email CaldorRecovery@edcgov.us or call 530-621-5101.

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