Caldor Fire: Evacuation orders expand to include Kyburz

More evacuation orders were issued Wednesday for a wildfire burning in El Dorado County that has displaced thousands after tearing through the community of Grizzly Flats on its path toward Highway 50.

The fire has charred more than 80 square miles and sent smoke plumes high into the skies as firefighters have struggled to contain it. Two people have been reported as seriously injured by Caldor Fire, Cal Fire said.

Evacuation orders for Caldor Fire

  • South of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road. This includes the community of Kyburz.
  • North of Highway 50 from Ice House Road to Silver Fork Road to include Ice House Reservoir, Union Valley Reservoir, and Loon Lake.
  • Grizzly Flat: The areas on Grizzly Flats Road east of Kendra Way into Grizzly
    Flats Proper. The areas of Diamond Railroad Grade, Old School House,
    Sweeney Road, Caldor Road, and Steely Ridge.
  • Grizzly Flats Road east of four corners in Somerset into Grizzly Flats Proper.
    The areas of Myers Lane, Varmet Ridge Road, Rodwell Canyon Road,
    Snowbird Lane, and Mehwald Lane.
  • East of Sly Park Road between Highway 50 and Mormon Emigrant Trail to Ice
    House Road. This includes the communities of Pacific House and Fresh Pond.
  • North of Highway 50, east of Forebay Road to Ice House Road.
  • Intersection of Perry Creek and Hawk Haven, the East side of Fairplay Road
    from Perry Creek South to Cedarville Road. This includes Slug Gulch, Omo
    Ranch, and all roads off of Slug Gulch and Omo Ranch.
  • All roads off of Omo Ranch from Cedarville Road to Highway 88.
  • The area between Highway 88 and Mormon Emigrant Trail
  • South of Highway 50 from Snows Road to Ice House Road.
  • Between Highway 50 and Slab Creek from Snows Road to Ice House Road.

An injured person from the Grizzly Flats area approached firefighters around 7 a.m. Tuesday, Cal Fire said. Crews tried giving medical care to the victim before requesting air transport for them, Cal Fire said. A second person was also injured in the Grizzly Flats area and was flown to a local hospital.

The Caldor Fire has exploded in size in recent days after igniting Saturday near Little Mountain between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats. It had burned an estimated 53,772 acres as of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said. There is no containment around the fire.

As of Tuesday, Cal Fire said 86 structures had been confirmed destroyed. Nearly 6,000 structures are threatened. A debris pile and playground equipment were all that remained at Walt Tyler Elementary School in Grizzly Flats. KCRA 3 reporter Lysée Mitri said she also witnessed a post office that was destroyed.

Read More: Caldor Fire: More evacuation orders issued as fire balloons overnight

Shelter information

  • Cameron Park Community Service District, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682 — this center was full as of Wednesday morning.
  • Green Valley Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA
  • Diamond Springs Fire Hall Evacuation Center — this center was full as of Wednesday morning.
  • Bayside Church of Placerville, located at 4602 Missouri Flat Road, says it is open for fire evacuees. People can call 530-626-7288 for more information.
  • For small animal shelter needs, you can call the El Dorado County Animal Services at 530-621-5795
  • Large Animal Shelter: Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood St., Plymouth. Call 530-621-5795 or 530-647-622 for more information.

School closures

The following schools are closed because of the fire:

Gold Oak Union School District: Gold Oak Elementary School and Pleasant Valley Middle School

Pioneer Union School District: Walt Tyler Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Mountain Creek Middle School

Battling the blaze

The fire more than doubled in size from Tuesday to Wednesday. Cal Fire attributed the “unprecedented fire behavior” to “extremely dry fuels” being pushed by southwest winds.

A red flag warning is in effect for the fire area until 8 p.m. Wednesday as the wind shifts.

“These winds, combined with low humidity and extremely dry fuels, lead to critical fire weather conditions,” Cal Fire said in its Wednesday morning incident report.

More than 200 personnel are fighting the blaze.

As the wildfire raged, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County. With declaring a state of emergency, the state can pull from federal funds to help battle the blaze. The state has recently requested federal help for other major wildfires in California: the Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas, Lassen and Tehama counties, and the Monument Fire in Trinity County.

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