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Caldor Fire: South Lake Tahoe, Tahoma reopens under advisory evacuations

Two firefighters from Cosumnes Fire Department carry water hoses while holding a fire line to...
Two firefighters from Cosumnes Fire Department carry water hoses while holding a fire line to keep the Caldor Fire from spreading in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Fire crews took advantage of decreasing winds to battle a California wildfire near popular Lake Tahoe and were even able to allow some people back to their homes but dry weather and a weekend warming trend meant the battle was far from over. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae C. Hong | AP)
Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 2:16 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2021 at 3:33 PM PDT
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EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (KOLO) - SEPT 5 3 P.M. Evacuation orders for South Lake Tahoe due to the Caldor Fire have been changed from mandatory to a warning effective immediately, Cal Fire announced.

The change also applies to all properties on the Lake Tahoe side of California 89 from the city limits to Emerald Bay and on both sides of California 89 from Emerald Bay through Tahoma.

Mandatory evacuations still apply to Fallen Leaf Lake, Christmas Valley, Meyers and North Upper Truckee River.

Here are the road closures:

• California 88 is closed from Pickets Junction to Peddler Hill in Amador County

• Highway 89 is closed from Highway 88 (Pickets Junction) to Highway 50 in Meyers • US 50 is closed from Fresh Pond to Sawmill Road

• Road Closures in the basin are at the city limits on Pioneer Trail, Lake Tahoe Boulevard and U.S. 50 at Sawmill

• Nevada 207/Kingsbury Grade and U.S, 50 will be open

• U.S. 50 remains closed in El Dorado County.

SEPT. 4 3 P.M. The evacuation order for the areas south of the Mormon Emigrant Trail, west of North South Road, north of Omo Ranch Road, east of the intersection of Omo Ranch Road and the Slug Gulch road, south of Blue Mountain and east of the intersection of Capps Crossing Road and cypress Point Road has been changed to an evacuation warning.

These evacuation warnings have been lifted:

• Ant Hill - South of Bucks Bar Road, north of Fairplay Road, West of the intersection of Perry Creek Road and Slug Gulch Road, east of the West end of Highview Drive.

• Everything South of Omo Ranch Road between Fairplay Road and North South Road in El Dorado County.

• Springer / Leisure - South of Pleasant Valley between Bucks Bar Road and NewtownRoad, East of Bucks Bar Road to Mt. Aukum Road. This includes the area of Gopher HoleRoad and Moonshadow.

• Camino Heights / Newtown - South of U.S. 50, North of Pleasant Valley and West of Snows Road.

SEPT. 4 12:50 p.m. Douglas County residents evacuated due to the Calder Fire can return home, the county said Saturday afternoon.

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for Lower Oliver, Kahle Drive region and roads, Lake Village, areas south of Elks Point Road and all of the Roundhill area.

Mandatory evacuations have been changed to recommended evacuations for Upper Kingsbury, Central Kingsbury and Lower Kingsbury.

Evacuation advisories have been lifted for Foothill road from Centerville Lane north to Muller Lane, for the Carson Valley side of Kingsbury Grade and homes reached by Foothill road between Centerville Lane and Muller Lane.

The evacuation orders remain for the city of South Lake Tahoe and roads remain closed.

Nevadans are advised to remain alert in case they need to evacuate again.

SEPT. 1, 3 P.M. The following evacuation orders remain in effect for Alpine County:

  • The area from Picketts Junction, north on Highway 89 to the Alpine/El Dorado county line. Northeast along the Alpine/El Dorado county line to the California/Nevada state line. Southeast along the Alpine County line to Fay-Luther Canyon. Southwest along Fay- Luther Canyon to Horse Thief Canyon to Picketts Junction.

Evacuation Warnings have been expanded to include the following areas in Alpine County:

  • The area from Picketts Junction south on Highway 88 to Forestdale Road. Northeast to Hawkins Peak to the Highway 88/Highway 89 junction at Woodfords. East on Highway 88 to the California/Nevada state line. Northwest along the Alpine County line to Fay-Luther Canyon. Southwest along Fay-Luther Canyon to Horse Thief Canyon to Picketts Junction.

AUG. 31, 4:10 P.M. Evacuation orders have been issued in Nevada due to the Caldor Fire.

The evacuation order has been issued for Upper, Central and Lower Kingsbury, the Round Hill area including Lower Elks Point, Lake Village and Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive region and roads.

These evacuation orders include areas from U.S. 50 at Lake Parkway, east to Elks Point Road (excluding Stateline casinos) and Nevada 207 (Kingsbury Grade) from U.S. 50 to Tramway Drive, including all area roads north and South of Kingsbury Grade.

These roads are open to employees or residents who must use them to go home or go to work:

• US 50 going westbound (into the Tahoe Basin) at Spooner Junction (S. Carson St & US 50)

• Nevada 207 westbound at Foothill Rd (intersection at the bottom of Kingsbury Grade)

• Nevada 28 and US 50 junction Westbound on U.S. 50

AUG. 30, 4 P.M. The following evacuation orders have been downgraded and evacuation warnings lifted in parts of El Dorado and Amador counties:

AUG. 30, 11:15 A.M. Evacuation orders have been expanded to include Heavenly Ski Resort out to the Alpine County Line and the Nevada State line on the east.

Orders are also now in place for Stateline east of Ski Run on the lake side of Pioneer Trail and also both sides of Pioneer Trail between Larch and the Nevada State Line.

People are asked to evacuate eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

Evacuation Shelters:

Truckee Veterans Hall, 10214 High Street in Truckee and the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

AUG. 30, 10:05 A.M. New evacuation orders are in place for parts of the Tahoe Basin due to the growing Caldor Fire including areas near Emerald Bay, Fallen Leaf, Pope Beach, and northwest of the South Lake Tahoe Airport.

The new evacuations include:

- Tahoe Keys

- Tahoe Island including Barton Hospital. All patients have been transferred to regional partner facilities. The Emergency Department has moved to Lake Tahoe Surgery Center behind the Round Hill/ Safeway Shopping Center (212 Elks Point Rd #201, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448). Emergency services are available for patients 24/7 at this location. Barton Urgent Care at Stateline Medical Center (155 Highway 50, Stateline NV 89449) remains open from 8am-5pm with limited services.

- All residences off of Lakeview west of Highway 50 north of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood

- All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar and Rubicon Trail

- Residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd. to include the streets of Treehaven and Fremont and extending to the east in to all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail.

Other areas under evacuation include Christmas Valley to Echo Summit, Highway 89 over Luther Pass between US 50 and Highway 88 in Alpine County, the upper Apache area south of Elks Club Drive, and Highway 88 between Picketts Junction and Kirkwood.

See the areas under evacuation orders and warnings here.

Caldor Fire Evacuation Map
Caldor Fire Evacuation Map(El Dorado County Sheriff's Office)

Evacuation routes for areas of Fallen Leaf and Tahoma, go north on Highway 89 toward Truckee.

For all other areas, evacuate eastbound on Highway 50 toward Nevada.

AUG. 29, 5:30 P.M. The Caldor Fire exploded on Sunday, prompting more evacuations orders in El Dorado County and into Alpine County, including the Kirkwood Ski Resort.

“Today has been a rough day. There’s no bones about it,” said Jeff Marsolais, forest supervisor for the El Dorado National Forest “We thought we could make a stop. . . Today it just let loose.”

The fire had been advancing only about a half-mile a day, Erich Schwab, operations section chief, said during a community briefing on the fire. “This has already moved 2.5 miles on us today with no sign of slowing down,” Schwab said.

People who need to evacuate need to use U.S. 50 or California 89. U.S. 50 remains closed from Pollock Pines to the Meyers area, according to CalTrans.

The fire burned into the Strawberry area Saturday night and fire crews just tried to keep it away from structures, Schwab said.

“We’re not actively trying to engage the fire right now,” Schwab said. “We’re just doing structure protection.”

Unified Incident Commander Dustin Martin said more resources are on the way.

“We have one heck of a firefight going on today and we will for the next couple of days,” Martin said.

A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

AUG 29 4:55 P.M. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office announced additional evacuations for the Caldor Fire:

• Christmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit

• California 89 due west to Watershed Ridge/Echo Summit and South to the Amador/El Dorado County line.

• The area from Luther Pass Road, north along the El Dorado/Alpine County line to Armstrong Pass. West from Armstrong Pass to Upper Apache at Meyers. West on Upper Apache to U.S. 50. West on U.S. 50 to Calfironia 89. South on California 89 to the El Dorado/Alpine County line. This includes all homes on both sides of California 89.

• The area from Upper Apache at Meyers, north along U.S. 50, to Elks Club Drive. East on Elks Club Drive to Pioneer Trail, extending due south to Upper Apache at Meyers.(This includes all homes off of Oneidas, Mandan, Apache, Ottawa and Player).

• The area North on U.S. 50 from California 89 to Saw Mill Road. West on Saw Mill Road to Angora Ridge, extending to the Echo Summit.

In Alpine County:

• California 89 South from Luther Pass Road to Pickets Junction (California 88)

• West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood

Caldor Fire evacuation map: Yellow is evacuation warning, red is mandatory evacuation
Caldor Fire evacuation map: Yellow is evacuation warning, red is mandatory evacuation(U.S. Forest Service)

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