Nearly 500,000 gallons of water and retardant dumped on Caldor Fire


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Good news continues from the Caldor fire as constraints on the 212,907-acre flame near Lake Tahoe increased to 29% on Friday morning.

Amid calm winds, crews made progress to take upstairs on the mill flame in parched forest soil, and planes dropped nearly 500,000 gallons of fire and water resistant to local reservoirs on flame, Captain Parker Wilbourn, a firefighter and Sacramento Metro Firefighter deployed in incidents, said.

Friday’s forecast called for lighter winds but also dry daytime weather, with a warming trend over the weekend as high pressure builds over the West, fire officials said.

Smoke from the Caldor Fire rose on a ridge near the Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Smoke from the Caldor Fire rose on a ridge near the Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

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The northeastern tip of Caldor Fire was just 3 miles south of South Lake Tahoe, which was emptied of 22,000 residents days ago.


Wind fires that began Aug. 14 raged in densely forested, sparse areas, and still threatened more than 30,000 homes, businesses and other buildings ranging from cabins and ski resorts.

But there was optimism and progress as winds receded on the western flank of the fire while in the northeast, despite ridgetop gust gusts, firefighters and bulldozers and shovels were gradually lined up lines of fire or burning canned vegetation in the previous flames to reach Tahoe.

“In the funds we are doing a lot of work,” fire information officer Marco Rodriguez said. “Teams are working and doing fire control … to try to make those content lines a little stronger.”

Wilbourn noted that Friday’s team will focus on three main problem spots near Wrights Lake, Kirkwood and Heaven.

He said massive dozer lines have been constructed that are tied to granite rocks between the Sky Mountain Resort and the flame protected area.

“We’re using the weather to our advantage,” he said. “We’re backing down, building the restraint lines … a lot of the success we’ve had is due to the reduction of forests, people being forgotten in defense space. Those three things have helped reduce the fuels.”

Wilbourn noted that no homes have been lost in the Kirkwood area or the Tahoe Basin.

The remains of a house burned during the Caldor fire in Twin Bridges, California, on September 1, 2021. At least 650 structures were burned and thousands more are threatened during the Caldor fire moving to the resort community in South Lake Tahoe, California.  .

The remains of a house burned during the Caldor fire in Twin Bridges, California, on September 1, 2021. At least 650 structures were burned and thousands more are threatened as Caldor fires move to resort communities in South Lake Tahoe, California. .

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Residents who were forced to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier this week remain evacuated along with people across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada.

The resort town can easily accommodate 100,000 people on a busy weekend but on Thursday, just before the Labor Day weekend, it was strangely empty.

But after days of flames threatening to engulf the resort town at any moment, any respite was welcomed.

“I feel like we’re really the lucky community in the whole world right now. I’m so incredibly happy,” said South Lake Tahoe Mayor Tamara Wallace, who evacuated to Truckee, California.

“It’s finally a chance to take a breath,” said Clive Savacool, chief of South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue. “It’s a breath full of smoke. However, I think we all breathe a little easier and we feel like we’re making some progress.”

Farther west, evacuation orders have been lifted or degraded in warnings in several areas of El Dorado County.

More than 15,000 firefighters battled dozens of California flames that destroyed at least 1,500 homes. One flame, the Dixie Fire, was about 65 miles north of the Caldor fire. It is the second largest fire in the state’s history on 1,350 square miles and is 55% winning.

California has experienced increasingly large and deadly fires in recent years as climate change has made the West warmer and drier over the past 30 years. Scientists said weather will continue to be more extreme and wildfires more frequent, destructive and unpredictable. No deaths have been reported so far this fire season.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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