Caldor Fire Updates & Resources
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Nearly 14,700 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 13 major wildfires and two extended attack
wildfires burning in California. Firefighters continue to make good progress with increased
containment figures on many of the fires, and even full containment on two of the wildfires.
Additionally, yesterday firefighters responded to 26 new initial attack wildfires, all of which were
Since the beginning of the year, California wildfires have burned more than 1.96 million acres,
which is larger than the state of Delaware. To better provide for public and firefighter safety due
to the ongoing wildfires in the state, the US Forest Service temporarily closed all National
Forests in California through September 17, 2021.
In the northern part of the state, warmer and very dry weather is expected through Monday, with
high temperatures warming to around 10 degrees above normal. While winds will remain on
the lighter than normal side through Monday, the relative humidity will remain low and will drop
further over the next several days with poor overnight recoveries becoming more widespread.
Fire weather concerns will increase on Tuesday as an approaching upper-level trough begins
breaking down the upper-level ridge. In the southern region, temperatures will be 5 – 10
degrees above normal through early next week. A heat advisory for the southeastern part of the
state remains in effect from 11 am today through 8 pm on Monday. Hot and very dry conditions
will bring an elevated threat for large fire through early next week.
As temperatures climb this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges all Californians to use extreme
caution when outdoors. A wildfire that is sparked under these conditions can spread rapidly,
threatening lives and homes. To learn ways to prevent sparking a wildfire, visit
Caldor Fire, El Dorado and Amador Counties
South of Grizzly Flats – El Dorado National Forest
*214,107 acres, 37% contained
*15th Largest and 20th Most Destructive Wildfire in California history
*Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place, new evacuation orders issued
*Nearly 32,000 structures threatened, 892 structures destroyed
*Damage inspection is ongoing
*Repopulation plan implemented
*Highway 50, Hwy 88, and Hwy 89 remain closed
*Unified Command CAL FIRE and USFS
*CAL FIRE IMT 6, NIMO Team 2, and CA IMT 4 in command
Dixie Fire, Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Tehama & Shasta Counties
Feather River Canyon
*885,954 acres, 55% contained
*Over 6,500 structures threatened, 1,282 destroyed
*2nd Largest and 14th Most Destructive Wildfire in California history
*Evacuation orders and warnings in place for multiple communities
*Repopulation continues in some areas
*Damage assessment is ongoing
*Unified Command CAL FIRE, USFS, BLM, and National Park Service
*CAL FIRE IMT 1 and Great Basin IMT 1 are in command
News Flash from the City of South Lake Tahoe
September 02, 2021
Caldor Fire Relief Funds Available
Apply now for Caldor Fire Relief Funds. Application deadline for the Caldor Fire Relief ends on Saturday, September 4 at 5:00 pm. Go to https://www.cityofslt.us/ for evacuation resources, updates, and to apply for Relief Funds.
CALDOR FIRE RELIEF: HOW YOU CAN HELP
As we are all watching the Caldor Fire situation, many people are asking how they can help. Although firefighters and first responders greatly appreciate the generosity and kindness of donations, firefighting agencies are fully supplied with everything they need. Donations from the public are logistically complicated to accept and firefighting agencies do not have the capacity to do so.
If you would like to offer assistance to those affected by the Caldor Fire, donations are best directed towards evacuees. Here are funds that are helping victims of the Caldor Fire:
El Dorado Community Foundation – The El Dorado County Community Foundation set up a Caldor Fire Fund. All donations go to families and individuals impacted by the fire. You can donate here.
The American Red Cross – The American Red Cross is staffing evacuation centers and providing support for evacuees of the Caldor Fire. You can donate here.
Placer Food Bank – The Placer Food Bank is on the front lines of emergency food response/distribution to those impacted by the River and Caldor Fires. You can donate here.
Food Bank of Northern Nevada – The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is offering food assistance for Caldor Fire evacuees. You can donate here.
Monitor Incident Information – Stay up to date on the current acreage, containment statistics, evacuation information, and more by visiting the incident link tree. For the latest Caldor Incident information, attend a live CAL FIRE AEU community meeting daily at 5PM at www.facebook.com/CALFIREAEU.
Visit TahoeLivingWithFire.com and follow @tahoelwf on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more wildfire preparedness and prevention information.
Article Courtesy of the Tahoe Fund: www.tahoefund.org
NV Energy Update
Here are the latest updates from our NV Energy crews on the ground:
• Our vegetation management crews have been completing targeted vegetation management (pole grubbing, tree removal, creating fuel breaks) work around key infrastructure that also supports the greater firefighting efforts.
o 150 NV Energy personnel are working to protect NV Energy equipment, including 21 two-man crews performing vegetation management around NV Energy lines and substations.
o Efforts continue on the Buckeye-Roundhill #112 120kV transmission line. This line will be critical to supplying power to South Lake Tahoe if the Buckeye-Meyers #111 120kV transmission line is impacted by the fire.
Grubbed vegetation around the “horseshoe” portion of the Buckeye-Roundhill #112 line. (This is the 1.25-mile portion of the line south of Kingsbury Grade.) A 30-foot radius of ground vegetation was cleared around each pole.
o Vegetation crews continue to work on clearing the right of way on the 634 line
o Other vegetation management efforts include:
Cleared vegetation 20 feet on each side along nearly five miles of transmission and distribution lines
Performed pole grubbing around 3.75 miles of transmission and distribution poles
Cleared 50 feet on all four sides around Kingsbury substation
• Firefighting crews are planning on using our transmission line right of way as fuel breaks, with the possibility of setting up dozer lines.
• Today 100 poles on the Muller 1295 circuit have been wrapped with protective fire mesh, with the goal to wrap 200 poles.
• The NV Energy Foundation is donating $5,000 each, for a total of $15,000, to the Red Cross of Northern Nevada and the Sierras, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the Carson Valley Community Food Closet to provide immediate support to Caldor Fire evacuees.
Our southern Nevada line crews are on standby to assist as needed to rebuild line and equipment damaged by the fire. Potential outages associated with this event will be due to fire damage or because we’ve been asked by the Caldor Fire incident management team to shut off power for safety. This is not a Public Safety Outage Management event.