It was touch and go for a while, but Kirkwood Mountain Resort, CA, confirmed yesterday that the resort has escaped unscathed from the Caldor Fire that affected the Tahoe region in early September.
After burning through Sierra-at-Tahoe resort, both Kirkwood and Heavenly were in the fire’s path. Kirkwood announced yesterday that they received no “direct fire damage to critical infrastructure” and intended to open as planned on December 3rd.
WINTER UPDATE: We’re happy to share that in recent days, significant progress has been made on the Caldor Fire. The fire is now 76% contained, and the threat has significantly lifted at Kirkwood with the fire line to the north moved to a ‘contained status.’ The mountain and trail access remain closed under the U.S. Forest Service closure in effect until at least Sept. 30. However, as the weather begins to cool, we’re reminded that winter days are just around the corner.
We are grateful to share we have not found any direct fire damage to critical infrastructure at Kirkwood at this time. Thanks to the hard work and tremendous efforts of those on the ground, the resort’s winter downhill trails and features, resort lodges, equipment, and chairlifts all remain intact. We expect to open for the upcoming winter season on our scheduled date of Friday, Dec. 3, should snow conditions permit. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the resort! Also, as soon as access is allowed, we’ll conduct inspections of the area north of Highway 88 within the cross-country trail network and will share more information on that location in the coming weeks.
While we are grateful, we recognize the impacts of the Caldor Fire and send our thoughts to the many areas and neighborhoods that have been impacted and all of those who have been affected during this challenging time. We stand united as one mountain community.
With repopulation having occurred in our communities, our number one priority continues to be the safety and wellbeing of our employees. In the past few weeks, more than $400,000 in direct grants from the EpicPromise Employee Foundation has supported our employees displaced by the Caldor Fire. We stand in solidarity with our employees and will continue to provide resources for our teams in the months ahead.
We share our immense gratitude and support with the courageous first responders and many teams who have contributed to protecting our beloved mountain communities during the last few weeks and have kept us all safe. The Kirkwood Family is sincerely appreciative of these heroes and their countless brave acts that helped to protect our home. Thank you.
The Caldor Fire is currently 221,774-acres (+0 acres past 24 hrs) and is 76% contained (no change past 24 hrs). The Caldor Fire started at approximately 6:45 pm on August 14, 2021.