Officials update forest closure as Caldor Fire containment grows

Wildfire Watch

Cal Fire: 8 a.m. Caldor Fire Incident Update

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County was 83% contained Thursday morning as officials made changes to the forest closure. 

The Caldor Fire has burned 221,775 acres since it sparked on Aug. 14. Officials expect the blaze to be fully contained by mid-October. 

The emergency forest-wide closure that went into effect in August for the Eldorado National Forest was terminated. U.S. Forest Service officials said a smaller Caldor Fire closure has replaced it. That will be in effect until March 31, 2022, with the possibility of it being lifted or modified sooner. 

Click or tap here for more information on the forest closure. 

221,775Acres Burned
1,353Structures Threatened
1,003 (782 Homes, 18 Commercial, 203 Minor Structures)Structures Destroyed
81Structures Damaged
Sept. 30, 8 a.m. U.S. Forest Service Numbers

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has a map indicating the status of structures. Click here to view.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit closures remain in place through Oct. 20.

The closure of Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country and access corridors along the western shore of the lake has been extended through Dec. 31.

Fire crews expect warm and dry air with light winds to potentially increase fire activity and smoke within the fire’s perimeter over the next couple of days.

Officials said drivers should expect intermittent closures on Highway 50.

Just over 630 El Dorado County residents remain under evacuation orders, the California Office of Emergency Services reported Wednesday afternoon.

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

Eighteen people have been injured in the Caldor Fire, including 16 firefighters, Cal Fire reported.

Richard Gerety, a firefighter injured in the Caldor Fire is returning home Thursday. He sustained second-and third-degree burns on his legs, arms and hands.

El Dorado County officials have launched a Caldor Fire Recovery page to help those impacted by the fire.

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:

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