Caldor Fire Surpasses 100K Acres Burned

The latest on the Caldor Fire burning in El Dorado County

The Caldor Fire continued to grow Sunday, now burning 104,309 acres while containment was reported at 5%.

A total of 475 structures have been destroyed, including 345 homes. Another 22 structures have been damaged by flames.

12:45 p.m.

A wildfire burning for a week in Northern California continues to grow out of control.

There’s zero containment Sunday of the Caldor Fire, which had charred nearly 154 square miles of trees and brush in the northern Sierra Nevada after breaking out Aug. 14.

Firefighters hoped to take advantage of calmer weather and cooler temperatures a day after gusts pushed the fire across Highway 50, threatening more remote communities in El Dorado County.

The 46-mile stretch remains closed this morning between Sly Park Road in Pollock Pines and the town of Meyers, just east of South Lake Tahoe.

The latest on the Caldor Fire burning in El Dorado County:

As of Sunday morning, the fire has burned 98,149 acres with zero containment. A total of 328 structures have been destroyed, according to the latest Cal Fire incident report.

Previous day’s updates below:

9:12 p.m.

Firefighters have still not gained any containment in the now 90,107-acre Caldor Fire.

As of Saturday night, more than 13,000 structures remain threatened by the flames, which jumped to the north side of Highway 50 near Kyburz. The fire has completely destroyed 270 structures while another 15 were damaged.

4:53 p.m.

The Caldor Fire has jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz. Firefighters say the community of most concern right now is Kyburz.

A 40-mile stretch of the highway remains fully closed between Pollock Pines and Meyers.

4:30 p.m.

Evacuation orders were extended to include areas south of Farnham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport School Road to the Amador County line.

All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in place.

7:02 a.m.

Crews are digging in and burning out fire lines amid fears that another round of high winds will bring renewed fury to the Caldor Fire.

It has destroyed dozens of homes and on Friday authorities closed down a 46-mile stretch of Interstate 50, the main route between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. They’re concerned about forecasts of winds Saturday up to 40 mph.

Overnight, it grew by close to 7,000 acres, according to Saturday morning’s update.

The fire has now burned 82,444 acres and destroyed 245 homes.

El Dorado County Sheriff, in collaboration with Cal Fire, has released a map displaying properties that have been inspected for any damage or any that have been destroyed. View it here: https://www.edcgov.us/Pages/Caldor-Fire.aspx

Previous day’s updates below:

7:52 p.m.

The Caldor Fire has grown to burn 75,845 acres as of Friday evening. There was still no containment of the blaze, while approximately 15,000 structures remained threatened, according to Cal Fire.

The number of structures destroyed grew to 164 and another 8 were reported as damaged.


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