Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

The National Weather Service issued red flag cautions for large swaths of El Dorado, Placer, Nevada and Sierra counties, signaling weather events that might lead to extreme fire behavior over the next 24 hours.

Authorities on Saturday afternoon provided an evacuation order for the Caldor Fire for the locations south of Farmham Ridge Road and east of Bridgeport School Road to the Amador County line.

” Portions of the fire that were wind protected the previous two days became active and threatened control lines,” Cal Fire said. On the west side of the blaze, Cal Fire said a little higher humidity “restricted the fire activity rather.”

Farther north, the Dixie Fire grew overnight by almost 10,000 acres, to 714,219 acres. That fire, which broke out July 14 near Cresta Dam and the Feather River Canyon, stayed 35% included Saturday afternoon, according to Doug Ulibarri, a fire spokesperson.

Kyburz has less than 200 locals and a relative handful of structures however its well known to Lake Tahoe visitors for its sign: “Welcome to Kyburz. Now Leaving Kyburz” and its frequent use as an area where chauffeurs are typically required to pull over in snowstorms and put chains on their tires.

Gusty winds pressed the voracious Caldor Fire northeast Saturday afternoon toward the small town of Kyburz on a closed stretch of Highway 50 in El Dorado County.” We are experiencing increased winds, which is causing significant fire activity,” stated Keith Wade, a Sacramento Fire Department captain who was acting as a spokesperson on the Caldor Fire response. “There is certainly progression of the fire … and the community of Kyburz is straight in its path.”

Wade stated the location has no recent history of wildfire, is drought-stricken, dense and bone dry. Firemens are reporting embers carried by the winds starting spot fires a half mile to a mile away.

The fire, which broke out 7 days back, broadened to 82,444 acres on Saturday early morning and remained 0% included.” The fire remained active in all locations,” Cal Fire stated in a statement.

Aside from the closure of Highway 50, and smoke thats diminished air quality, South Lake Tahoe has yet to be directly impacted by the fire. No evacuations or cautions have been provided but city authorities activated their emergency operations center Saturday early morning “to ensure we have the very best details to keep you safe,” City Manager Joe Irvin stated in a video message on social networks.

Following Caltrans statement on Friday afternoon to shut down approximately 40 miles of Highway 50, it stayed mostly near to traffic in between Pollock Pines and Meyers, consisting of Echo Summit. Some regional traffic was being permitted through. No estimated time for reopening of the highway was readily available.

The Dixie Fire, which has actually been burning since July 14, was anticipated to be most active in the Westwood, Clear Creek Janesville, Milford, Taylorville and Genessee Valley areas, Ulibarri said. While the winds drive the flames, they likewise keep smoke from settling, allowing firefighters to use big fixed-wing air tankers to drop loads of intense orange fire retardant on the flames.

The fire, which broke out 7 days ago, expanded to 82,444 acres on Saturday early morning and stayed 0% contained. The fast, wind- and drought-driven blaze already eliminated the town of Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, where its damaged 245 structures and prompted several evacuation orders. It grew by another 7,000 acres over night and continued to darken skies and require the shutdown of the main path between the Bay Area and South Lake Tahoe.

Cal Fire and the El Dorado County Sheriffs Office launched a damage evaluation map detailing the degree of destruction, with pictures showing some homes with minor burn scars and others minimized to piles of gray debris, sometimes with just stone chimneys or fireplaces left standing.

” The fire remained active in all locations,” Cal Fire said in a declaration. “Due to really dry fuel beds, the plants is sparking quickly. There are heavy dead and down fuels throughout the fire area.”

Gusty winds pushed the ravenous Caldor Fire northeast Saturday afternoon towards the small town of Kyburz on a closed stretch of Highway 50 in El Dorado County.” We are experiencing increased winds, which is causing considerable fire activity,” stated Keith Wade, a Sacramento Fire Department captain who was functioning as a representative on the Caldor Fire action. “There is certainly progression of the fire … and the community of Kyburz is directly in its course.”

” Were still combating versus Mother Nature, and shes throwing her best punches at us,” he said. “Were combating back, however its tough.”

Firefighters were fighting not only the persistent flames but gusting winds and a warning alerting expected to last into the night. Cal Fire stated that a switch in wind instructions on the east side of the fire required firemens to rush.

” Theyre definitely in a firefight today,” he stated.

Michael Cabanatuan and Steve Rubenstein are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: mcabanatuan@sfchronicle.com, srubenstein@sfchronicle.com; Twitter: @ctuan, @Steve RubeSF

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