Caldor’s fire is now 67% contained before Biden visits to investigate the damage

Cal Fire: Caldor Fire incident update at 7:00 a.m.

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (AP / KTXL) – Containment of the nearly 220,000-acre Caldor fire, which is burning in El Dorado County, has risen to 67%, with some evacuation orders having been downgraded over the weekend.

President Joe Biden is expected to conduct an air visit to assess the damage caused by the blaze on Monday, following a briefing to the California governor’s office of emergency services.

Hazardous fire weather late last week put crews on alert as high winds, thunderstorms and dry lightning struck northern California.

Fire crews expect warm weather, southwest winds and low humidity.

219,267 Acres burned
67% Contents
16,610 Endangered structures
1,003 (782 apartments) Structures destroyed
September 13, 7 a.m. Cal Fire Numbers

More than 16,600 structures remain at risk, Cal Fire reported. At least 782 homes, 18 commercial properties and 203 minor structures were destroyed by the fire. Eighty-one structures were damaged.

Cal Fire said its damage inspections were 100% complete after assessing 3,356 structures.

Eld Dorado County Sheriff’s Office officials updated a map showing the condition of the structures. Click here to see.

After nearly a month, evacuation orders remain in effect at Grizzly Flats, but the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office issued permits for residents to view their property on Sunday. Staff exceed the number of legal residents, but expect the process to be completed by Monday evening.

Many people returned on Sunday, but only a handful of houses survived.

“It’s just ashes,” resident Michelle Garner told FOX40.

A Caldor Fire Recovery page was launched on Friday to help those affected by the blaze.

As of Friday afternoon, nearly 7,000 people were under evacuation orders, including more than 6,800 people in El Dorado County, 61 in Amador County and 100 in Alpine County.

A map with current evacuation information can be found by clicking or tapping here.

The closure of Highway 50 has been reduced in some areas, but it remains closed between Ice House Road and Sawmill Road.

Caltrans told FOX40 last Wednesday that his team began to assess the damage from the fire and identify problematic areas along Highways 50 and 89 that need to be addressed before they reopen.

“Unfortunately, we have already experienced this through the campfire and other fires, so we have gained the necessary experience to solve this problem,” said Gilbert Mohtes-Chan, public information manager at Caltrans. .

All of South Lake Tahoe was evacuated due to the Caldor fire. Since then, the inhabitants have been able to return.

The four major casino hotels in Stateline, Nevada, began reopening last Tuesday, including the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, which is still in use as a command center for firefighters and emergency personnel. The Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa has also resumed its activities.

Caesars Entertainment Inc.’s Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino is scheduled to reopen for slots and table games on Friday and for hotel guests on Saturday.

16 people were injured in the Caldor fire on Sunday, including 14 firefighters, Cal Fire reported.

Californians should expect more destructive fires in the coming months if conditions do not improve, Cal Fire told FOX40 on Friday.

“We’re definitely at where we were last year, which was the record for most acres burned and one of the most destructive fire seasons in California history,” said the Assistant Director of Cal Fire, Daniel Berlant. “Historically, it is in September and October that we experience our largest and most damaging forest fires. And so, unfortunately, we still have many peak fire season months ahead of us. “

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Residents can register with their county’s emergency alert system for evacuation information using the links below:

Information on the evacuation can also be found on the social media pages and sites below:

The following locations have been listed as evacuation centers:

  • Rolling Hills Church at 800 White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills, CA, in El Dorado County
  • Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street in Reno, NV, Washoe County

Families who need assistance with housing small animals can contact El Dorado County Animal Services at 530-621-5795. Families with large animals can contact the Amador County Fairgrounds at 530-621-5795 or 530-647-6227.

The El Dorado County Local Assistance Center at Folsom Lake College has temporarily closed. Residents can click or tap here for more information on recovery services, or email [email protected] or call 530-621-5101.

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