VIDEO: Firefighters Tackling Caldor Fire Load Up Chair 10 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, CA

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The above webcam video shows firefighters taking chair 10 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, CA, in their fight against the Caldor Fire.

Both Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe are under threat from the fire as it continues its march towards Lake Tahoe. The fire is currently within 2-miles of Sierra-at-Tahoe and is clearly visible from the ski resort. The resort has reportedly hired a private company to provide firefighters to protect their infrastructure.

The first evacuation warnings for residents within the Tahoe Basin were issued yesterday. With extreme fire conditions and unsettled weather in the area, residents in the wider region around Lake Tahoe are reminded to listen closely to local authorities and be prepared to evacuate.

With Red Flag conditions possible over the coming days the Caldor Fire could spread rapidly into more populated communities and significantly broader areas, up to and including South Lake Tahoe could be required to evacuate.

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Eastern evacuation map. Red is order. Yellow is warning. Very close to South Lake Tahoe. Credit: CalFire

During a community meeting Thursday the public was told there were no new structures burned on Thursday and that for the most part, the fire was holding along US 50. The eastern point of the fire had a problem with floating embers starting fires behind the fire lines, but crews were vigorously attacking that. The fire’s main growth now is on the northeast side along US 50 near the community of Strawberry.

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Webcam image of the Caldor Fire, visible from Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Below are current evacuation orders and warnings as well as road closures:

Evacuation Order: El Dorado County

  • From Twin Bridges east to the Echo Summit
  • From Highway 50 south to the Amador and Alpine County lines
  • From Highway 50 north to Flagpole Peak

Evacuation Warnings: El Dorado County

  • Christmas Valley from Highway 89 west to Echo Summit
  • Highway 89 due west to Watershed Ridge and south to the Amador/El Dorado County line

Road Closures:

  • The Highway 50 closure has been extended east to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction). Residents evacuating the area between Twin Bridges and Echo Summit should use Highway 50 east.

On Saturday 21st August, the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County southwest of Lake Tahoe crossed Highway 50 near Kyburz as high winds forced the blaze within six miles of Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort.

The fire, which began in Eldorado National Forest on August 14th, has burned 139,510-acres and is 12% contained.

“This is turning out to be a larger and more significant fire in California’s history. It’s far from over.”

– Captain Stephen Horner, a Cal Fire spokesperson

Earlier this week the Forest Service announced an emergency closure of nine National Forests through at least September 6th. The Eldorado National Forest had already been closed from August 17th through September 30th.

The fire is 4.59-miles from Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Heavenly, Kirkwood, and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resorts last week all announced their summer operations are closed indefinitely. The power at Sierra-at-Tahoe has been turned off.

“Due to ongoing risk of wildfire to the Tahoe Region, Heavenly is now closed for summer. We thank our guests and staff for a great summer and now turn our attention to winter. We’ll be ready when the snow flies and look forward to welcoming you back for the 2021/22 winter season.”

Heavenly Resort

Yesterday the main fire spread was on the Northeast side along Highway 50 and the community of Strawberry. Low humidity and up-canyon winds contributed to spotting distances of up to half of a mile, while aiding the fire spread. Passive crown fires were common in the north, northeastern, and eastern areas of the incident. The winds subsided in the early afternoon, allowing the relative humidity to recover. Crews continued with the firing operation to improve and strengthen control lines.

To better provide public and firefighter safety due to extreme fire conditions throughout Northern California, and strained firefighter resources throughout the Country, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced a temporary closure of nine National Forests. This closure is effective through September 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

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Air quality around Lake Tahoe. Credit: iqair

Air quality index readings are over 300 near the lake and over 400 on the north shore. Over 150 is “unhealthy,” and over 300 is “hazardous.”

3,078 personnel are fighting the blaze, including more than 194 engines, 32 hand crews, 22 dozers, 20 helicopters, and 15 water tenders.

US Forest Service closure order.
US Forest Service closure order.

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3 thoughts on “VIDEO: Firefighters Tackling Caldor Fire Load Up Chair 10 at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, CA

  1. To be clear…There are NO evacuation orders within the Tahoe Basin. The evacuation orders are for Echo Summit west. The Christmas Valley area portion of the Tahoe Basin has been issued an evacuation warning. The warning is issued well in advance so that those with animals can make arrangements and anyone who may need more than a few hours can arrange to leave in advance. The area from Twin Bridges to Echo Summit was under a warning for several days prior to the recent upgrade due to the rapidly advancing fire.

      1. Well that condition changed rapidly, orders in effect as of this afternoon. So sad to see the fire advance so rapidly–the receptive fuels just overwhelmed the fire lines

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