Caldor Fire Information

El Dorado County Caldor Fire Information: https://edcgov.us/Pages/Caldor-Fire.aspx
Cal Fire Information: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/8/14/caldor-fire
Donate to the El Dorado Community Foundation Relief Fund to help with Caldor Fire relief efforts. Donate here>>
Air Quality Information: https://www.purpleair.com

Highway 50 is now open to South Lake Tahoe in both directions. 

FOREST CLOSURES:

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit: The Caldor Fire Emergency Closure Area is closed from September 18, 2021, through December 31, 2021. See this order and the below map for details.


Eldorado National Forest Closure: The forest is temporarily closed through September 30, 2021. Forest Order 03-21-14
Pacific Southwest Region: Emergency Forest Closure 21-07 – Temporary closure of all California National Forests through September 17, 2021.
Due to the Caldor Fire, a temporary closure order has been implemented for the following backcountry areas: Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Barker Pass, and McKinney/Rubicon. The closure order will remain in effect from Aug. 19 to Sep. 19, 2021. 

 

Update September 2, 2021 – Caldor Fire Update

Apple Hill Growers Association
Apple Hill Growers will be opening their farm stands and bakeshops on Labor Day Weekend and many visitors have questions regarding the effect of the Caldor Fire. We are happy to report that none of the growers sustained any damage and in fact, fire crews were able to hold the fire line well to the south of Apple Hill Growers and we are grateful to all our fire crews who worked so hard to keep us safe.

Highway 50 is still closed from Pollock Pines to the California / Nevada State line.

Please be kind to our locals, obey traffic and parking laws, our community has endured so much during this difficult time.

**EVACUATION ORDERS DOWNGRADED**
The following Evacuation Orders in the areas of North Camino and Pollock Pines described below have been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning:
North of Highway 50, West of Sly Park, South of Slab Creek, and East of Larsen Drive / Snows Road.

NOTES: El Dorado Irrigation District officials request that evacuated residents with water service provided by EID consider running internal taps for a couple of minutes upon returning to ensure fresh water in their homes. Water that has remained in service lines during evacuation periods can result in customers detecting taste and odor issues that may be easily addressed by flushing the taps. EID’s water is safe to drink. The main distribution system piping was not affected by fire and the integrity of the overall system has not been affected, as confirmed by its ongoing and rigorous water quality testing program.
All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

 

Update August 30, 2021 – Caldor Fire Update

**EVACUATION ORDER 11:30 am:**
El Dorado County

Heavenly
• East of Pioneer Trail between Larch and Al Tahoe, to include the area of Heavenly Ski Resort out
to the Alpine County Line and the Nevada State line on the East.

Stateline
• East of Ski Run on the lakeside of Pioneer Trail and also both sides of Pioneer Trail between Larch
and the Nevada State line.

Evacuation Routes:
• Evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

Evacuation Shelters:
• Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
• Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

**EVACUATION ORDER 10:55 am**
El Dorado County

Tahoe Keys
• All residences with the Tahoe Keys community and all residents accessed from the streets connected to Tahoe Keys Blvd, staying east of 3rd Street.

Tahoe Island
• East of Highway 50/ Highway 89 at the Lake Tahoe Blvd and Highway 89 Highway 50 intersection. This includes the area of Barton Hospital and the area of Winnemucca to the “Y”. Also north of Highway 50 west of Tahoe Keys Blvd following along the north side of Highway 89 through the end of town prior to Pope Beach.

Al Tahoe
• All residences off of Lakeview which is west of Highway 50 North of Blue Lakes Road and east of Tahoe Keys Neighborhood. Sierra Tract
• All residences on both sides of Highway 50 for the streets connected to O’Malley, Lodi, Silver Dollar, and Rubicon Trail.

Bijou
• The residences between Al Tahoe on the east side of Johnson Blvd to include the streets of Treehaven and Fremont and extending to the east into all residences west of Ski Run and east of Pioneer Trail.

EVACUATION ROUTES
• Evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

EVACUATION SHELTERS
• Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
• Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/EDSOEVAC for an online evacuation map.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

**EVACUATION ORDER 9:30 am **
EL DORADO COUNTY
Tahoma
• The section from Emerald Bay north to the Placer county line in Tahoma, extending west to the border of Desolation Wilderness.

Fallen Leaf
• The area from Sawmill Road at Lake Tahoe Blvd. extending north to Pope Beach. Along the water’s edge to Eagle Point. From Eagle Point west to Desolation Wilderness, across Emerald Bay.

Pioneer
• This is the area North of Elks Club along Highway 50 and the West side of Pioneer Trail, also including the streets of Hekpa, excluding the residences west of the airport, this segment includes all residences accessed from Jicarilla, Washoan, and Glen Eagles. This also includes the Golden Bear neighborhood, and the neighborhoods of Cold Creek Trail, High Meadows, and Marshall Trail.

Gardner Mountain
• Northwest of the South Lake Tahoe Airport and west of Highway 50 / Lake Tahoe Blvd and Highway 89 intersection to include the South Lake Tahoe High School, Tahoe Verde, and the streets accessed from 5th through 15th street south of Highway 89

Trimmer
• The area East of Pioneer Trail to the Alpine County Line stopping South of Heavenly Ski Resort, excluding all residences off of Pioneer Trail.

EVACUATION ROUTES
• For the areas of Fallen Leaf and Tahoma go North on Highway 89 towards Truckee.
• For all other areas, evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

EVACUATION SHELTERS
• Truckee Veterans Hall
10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161

• A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating from the area at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

Update August 29, 2021 – Caldor Fire Update

**EVACUATION ORDER**

El Dorado County
Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the CA ENF/CA TMU wilderness boundary. From the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes.

**EVACUATION WARNING:**

El Dorado County
The remaining area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Alpine/El Dorado county line, north along the California/Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe. North along the water’s edge to the El Dorado/Placer county line. West along the El Dorado/Placer county line to McKinney Lake.

ROAD CLOSURES:

  • Highway 50 is closed between Pollock Pines to Sawmill Road.
  • Highway 88 is closed from Omo Ranch Road to Highway 89 intersection.
  • Highway 50 at Sawmill
  • Pioneer Trail at Elks Club
  • Elks Club at Highway 50
  • Highway 89 at Highway 88 junction
  • Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain

Update August 27, 2021 – Caldor Fire Information

Evacuation Order:
El Dorado County
• Pleasant Valley Road and all intersecting roads extending south from Newtown Road to the intersection of E-16 (Mt Aukum Road).
• All roads accessed from E-16 (Mt Aukum Road) between Pleasant Valley Road and Bucks Bar Road.
• This includes all roads and residences accessed from Moon-Shadow and Gopher Hole Road off Bucks Bar Road.

NOTES:
This Evacuation Order does not include the residences off Pleasant Valley Road West of Newtown Road to include Pleasant Valley Middle School, Michael Way, and all roads to Four Seasons Road
Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/EDSOEVAC for an online evacuation map.

Update August 23, 2021 – Caldor Fire Information

 

U.S. Highway 50 is CLOSED in both directions between Sly Park Road and Twin Bridges. Highway 50 will be open between Meyers and Twin Bridges for local residents only who reside between Meyers and Twin Bridges.  Mandatory evacuations are now in place between Sly Park and Strawberry.

Please note there are no evacuation orders for South Lake Tahoe.

U.S. Highway 50 is the main route from the Sacramento area to South Lake Tahoe.  Drivers heading for Tahoe should take Interstate 80. 

Check Caltrans for current highway road conditions and the Cal Fire incident page for updates on the wildfire.

Find out air quality conditions in the area here.

Other important closures:

  • The Rubicon Trail is closed until further notice due to the Caldor Fire and the U.S. Forest Service order. Emergency response personnel are unavailable, so please respect this closure.
  • The El Dorado National Forest is closed for public and firefighter safety until September 30, 2021.
  • Many wineries, farms, and local attractions are currently closed due to the fire and evacuations. Please contact them directly to confirm their operating hours.

Update August 20, 2021 – Caldor Fire Information + Evacuations

UPDATE: Highway 50 is set to be CLOSED at 4:30 pm today in both directions between Sly Park Road and Twin Bridges. Highway 50 will be open between Meyers and Twin Bridges for local residents only who reside between Meyers and Twin Bridges. No traffic will be allowed west past Twin Bridges. This closure is due to safety concerns with high winds expected to impact the Caldor FIre. Mandatory evacuations are now in place between Sly Park and Strawberry.

Please note there are no evacuation orders for South Lake Tahoe.

Update August 19, 2021 – Caldor Fire Information + Evacuations

The El Dorado National Forest is closed for public and firefighter safety until September 30, 2021. Please respect the closure. See closure map.

The Rubicon Trail is closed until further notice due to the Caldor fire and the Forest Service order. See more information

Many wineries, farms, and local attractions are currently closed due to the fire and evacuations. Please contact them directly to confirm their operating hours.

Update August 18, 2021 – Caldor Fire Information + Evacuations

EVACUATION CENTER:
New additional evacuation site.

Cold Springs Community Church
2600 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

They have room for RVs and motorhomes and can house evacuees.

All of Eldorado national forest is closed due to fire danger and the need for emergency vehicles to access. See the full closure map here.

Hwy 50, 49, and 88 are all open at this time. Avoid Highway 50 unless necessary.

The communities of Pollock Pines, Camino, and Kyburz have been evacuated.

Update August 17, 2021 – Caldor Fire Information + Evacuations

**Update 8-17-21 at 9:30 pm*** and ***9:45 pm*** and ***11:30 pm***EVACUATION ORDERS:
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.

The shelters in Diamond Springs and Cameron Park are at full capacity and cannot accommodate any more people.  Any residents looking for shelter should go to the Green Valley Church location at 3500 Missouri Flat Road.  Green Valey Church also has adequate parking for RVs and travel trailers.

EVACUATION ORDERS: 
All areas between Mormon Emigrant Trail and Highway 88.

Here are the latest updates on evacuations. The map in the below link has been updated to show new evacuation order areas (red), and new evacuation warning areas, (yellow).
https://arcg.is/KniGD

The El Dorado Community Foundation Relief Fund has been set up to help with Caldor Fire relief efforts. Donate here>>

City of Placerville Traffic Alert
The Trip-to-Green has been implemented; please view the attached map for local road detours. Officers WILL NOT allow cross traffic at these times. Please be patient during this emergency.

Hwy 50 trip to green map

 

Advisory: Placerville Traffic Alert Due to evacuations from the CALDOR fire, expect traffic delays on westbound HWY 50. Avoid the area if possible.

Due to evacuations from the CALDOR fire, residents from the Pollock Pines area will be traveling on westbound Highway 50. Expect traffic delays and congestion on westbound Highway 50 and surface streets. Please avoid the area if possible. Manual traffic control or Trip-to-Green may be implemented on Highway 50.  Officers WILL NOT allow cross traffic at these times. Please be patient during this emergency.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS:
Pollock Pines – East of Sly Park Road. South of Hwy 50 up to Ice House Road. North of Mormon Emigrant Trail (including Jenkinsons/Sly Park Road)

EVACUATION WARNINGS:
South of Hwy 50 to Pleasant Valley Road. From Sly Park Road, west to Snows Road and Newtown Road, including the community of Rancho Del Sol.

EVACUATION CENTER:
Diamond Springs Fire Hall is FULL. Please go to Cameron Park CSD

Cameron Park CSD, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park, CA 95682

LARGE ANIMAL SHELTER
Amador County Fairgrounds, 18621 Sherwood Street, Plymouth, CA 95669 (Empire Street Gate)

SMALL ANIMAL SHELTER: Call 530.621.5795

Campers have been evacuated from Sly Park Recreation Area/Jenkinson Lake.

For the most current information on the status of the Caldor Fire to include maps and evacuations, we recommend accessing the links listed below. The Caldor Fire Information line is also very useful and provides recorded updates.

Caldor Fire Information Line: (530) 303-2455
Caldor Fire Maps: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/7801/
Email: Enfincident@gmail.com
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7801/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/eldoradonf
Twitter: twitter.com/EldoradoNF
Wildfire Cameras: www.alertwildfire.org/tahoe/

 

Update April 6, 2021 – El Dorado County to move into Orange Tier April 7.

Starting April 7, El Dorado County will move into the Orange tier. At that time: 

  • Wineries: Open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Restaurants: Open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Museums: Open indoors at 50% capacity
  • Bars (where no meals provided): Open outdoors ONLY
  • Family Entertainment Centers: Open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Fitness Centers: Open indoors at 25% of capacity
  • Places of Worship: Open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Movie Theaters: Open at 50% capacity

Tier 3 Orange business changes graphic

See more information on business operations at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

Update March 2, 2021 – El Dorado County to move into Red Tier March 3.

Starting March 3, El Dorado County will move into the Red tier. At that time:

  • Indoor dining will be allowed at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Gyms can open at 10% capacity 
  • Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity
  • Retail can reopen at 50% capacity
  • Museums can reopen at 25% capacity

See more information on business operations at covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

PRESS RELEASE (PDF): COVID19 County Moves to Red Tier 

Update January 12, 2021 – The Greater Sacramento Region, of which El Dorado County is a part, was granted authority by the State to exit the Regional Stay At Home Order, effective immediately.

The Limited Stay At Home Order placing a 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew on individuals remains in effect until all regions exit the Regional Stay At Home Order.

Restaurants can now operate outdoors, hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services can operate indoors with modifications, places of worship can hold services outdoors, wineries can operate outdoors with modifications, and bars, breweries and distilleries can operate outdoors if they serve food. See more at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.

Update December 9, 2020 – At noon today, the Governor of California announced that the Greater Sacramento Region – including the El Dorado County – has fallen under the 15% threshold for ICU availability. 

Due to this change and pursuant to the Regional Stay Home Order; effective 12 AM on December 11, El Dorado County will enter into further restrictions outlined below:

Under the order, the following sectors are allowed to remain open with safety precautions:

  1. Critical infrastructure (when a remote option is not possible)
  2. Schools 
  3. Non-urgent medical and dental care
  4. Childcare and pre-K

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  1. Outdoor recreational facilities (including outdoor gyms and fitness): Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Playgrounds may remain open. Overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  2. Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 
  3. Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  4. Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions – including measures to protect homeless populations.
  5. Restaurants: Allow only for take-out or delivery. No outside dining is allowed. 
  6. Offices: Allow remote work only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
  7. Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
  8. Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as those that provide content for professional broadcasting can operate without live audiences.

Under the order, all operations in the following sectors must be fully closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  1. Hair salons and barbershops
  2. Personal care services
  3. Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  4. Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  5. Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  6. Family entertainment centers
  7. Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  8. Limited services (i.e., laundromats, auto repair shops, car washes, etc.)
  9. Live audience sports
  10. Amusement parks

Under the Regional Stay at Home Order, Californians are prohibited from private gatherings of any size and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

How long with this last?

This order will remain in effect for a minimum of 3 weeks, regardless of ICU availability. After that period, the order will be lifted when the region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. Each county in the region will then be assigned to a tier based on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the rules of the Blueprint will apply again.

 

Update November 18, 2020 – El Dorado County is now in the most restrictive Purple tier.

Under the Purple Tier, many local businesses will need to modify their operations, including restaurants, wineries, and fitness centers moving their service outdoors only and retail stores reducing occupancy to 25%.

For more information on the tiers and how that affects various businesses, please see the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy here.

November 13, 2020 – California Issues ​Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a travel advisory for non-essential travel due to a spike in ​COVID-19 cases statewide. People arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival and limit interactions to the immediate household. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Read the CDPH Non-Essential Travel Advisory for details.

Update November 10, 2020 – El Dorado County is making the case to remain at the orange tier.

For now, El Dorado County remains in the orange tier until it hears from the State no later than Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
PR 20-65 COVID-19 Red Tier Adjudication Statement.pdf

 

Update September 22, 2020 – El Dorado County is currently at a less restrictive orange tier 

It means that now dine-in restaurants are open for indoor dining at either a maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. See what is open
PR 20-57 EDC Moves to Orange COVID tier.pdf
What is open in the Orange tier.pdf

 

Update August 31, 2020 – El Dorado County is currently at a moderate level.

It means that now dine-in restaurants can open indoors with modifications, at either a maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Learn more. 

Update July 13, 2020 – The governor has stated that El Dorado County must close indoor operations at the following locations:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

In addition, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations, indoor and outdoor.

See more at the State of California’s website. 

Update as of June 12, 2020: El Dorado County is open for travel! See more here and check out our tips for traveling responsibly.

 

  • Many restaurants are open for dine-in with safety protocols in place. Takeout and curbside pickup is also available at many restaurants
  • Some stores are open with safety protocols in place
  • Some wineries are open for food and wine pairings with reservations. Many are offering curbside pickup, online shipping, and local delivery as well
  • Several recreation areas are open for day use, including:

April 30, 2020 – El Dorado County Extends Travel Ban into County Portion of Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order / FAQ – County Directive Expiration, Travel to Lake Tahoe, Essential vs. Nonessential, Reopening El Dorado County

April 3, 2020 – ​El Dorado County Issues Order to Stop Non-Essential Travel to South Lake Tahoe

See Press Release / Order

In response to the swell of non-fulltime residents traveling to Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams issued a no-travel Order to reduce the number of visitors and other non-fulltime residents in the basin.

“Visitors whom we enthusiastically welcome during normal times are further impacting an already decreased availability of essential supplies and food, and putting the entire Lake Tahoe population at greater risk of being able to receive proper health care,” Williams said.

“It’s time to take this very strong message to those who are not already residing in South Lake Tahoe: if you have no essential function and you are here, please go home; if you have no essential function and you are not here, please stay home.”

March 24, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Directive Clarifying Restriction of Short-Term Rentals to Reduce the Spread of the COVID-19 Virus

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 24, 2020, El Dorado County’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Nancy Williams,  issued a directive that clarifies Governor Newsom’s March 18th “Stay At Home” Order as it relates to short-term lodging, defined as a period of less than 30 days at facilities including hotels, motels, condominiums, campgrounds, other units.

The Directive states that staying in a short-term for recreation, tourism or as a location other than one’s residence to “shelter in place” is not considered an essential activity and Californians are in violation of the Governor’s Order and Public Health Officer’s earlier Directive if they do so.

March 19, 2020 – El Dorado County Issues Shelter in Place Directive

See Directive / See Press Release

On March 19, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom also issued a Stay at Home order for Californians. 

See Governor’s Order and Additional Information

Our top priority is the health and safety of visitors to El Dorado County, and the El Dorado County Visitors Authority is committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely information about traveling to our destination safely.

We are working closely with the El Dorado County Public Health Department and other local agencies to gather and share the latest developments regarding the evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and its potential impacts on travel to El Dorado County.

On March 12, 2020, El Dorado County declared a public health emergency to ensure appropriate resources and funding are available to the County in its response to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

On March 14, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement recommending all bars, pubs and wineries in the state to close while also calling for new restrictions on restaurants.

The El Dorado Health Department is recommending normal seasonal flu health precautions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, there are no COVID-19 travel restrictions for the Continental U.S. and the CDC is not recommending canceling or postponing travel in the Continental U.S.

Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC

  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department

Resources

Local Public Health Departments

El Dorado County Health Department
530-573-3154 – Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
1-800-901-5789 – After hours & weekends

Marshall Hospital  – https://www.marshallmedical.org/Coronavirus.aspx

If you’re experiencing symptoms and need to come to Marshall’s Emergency Room, please help stop the spread of the virus; wait in your car and call 530-626-2717 upon arrival. The ER staff will prepare to receive you with proper precautions.

California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health provides recent information and news about coronavirus:

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information Page

Coronavirus News Releases

Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Informational Page