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Caldor Fire – Updated Evacuation Warnings and Orders for El Dorado and Alpine Counties

Updated August 26, 2021, 11:55 am.

Tahoe South Web Cam from the top of Harveys, facing northwest taken at 11:55 am, August 26, 2021

Road Closures: 
The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction). 

Evacuation Routes: 
Residents evacuating the area should use Highway 50 East.

Evacuation Order (which means need to leave):
El Dorado County

• From Twin Bridges east to Echo Summit 
• From Highway 50 South to Amador/Alpine County line 
• From Highway 50 North to Flag Pole Peak.

Evacuation Warnings (which means be ready if you need to leave): 

El Dorado County

• Christmas Valley from Highway 89 West to Echo Summit 
• Highway 89 due West to Watershed Ridge and South to the Amador/El Dorado County line.

Alpine County

• Highway 89 South from Luther Pass Road to the Pickets Junction (Highway 88). 
• West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. 

When and as appropriate, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority will provide return visitation information and updates pending safety and health conditions. The current priority is the health and safety for our community and assisting firefighting efforts. 

U.S. Highway 50 has been temporarily closed between Sly Park Road and Meyers due to safety concerns with high winds expected to impact the Caldor Fire, according to Caltrans. To check for alternate routes into Tahoe South and for the most current road conditions and updates go to http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.

Update: Temporary Forest Closure. USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a TEMPORARY CLOSURE of nine National Forests. This closure will be effective at Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. through September 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. More information.

The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, along with erratic wind patterns, is forcing CA State Parks to completely close the state parks on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe until further notice. These parks include Emerald Bay State Park, D.L. Bliss State Park, and Sugar Pine Point State Park. The complete closure of parks also means the day-use areas, campgrounds, historic house museum tours and visitor centers will remain closed until further notice. More information

Nevada State Parks will be closing Sand Harbor, Cave Rock, Spooner, and Van Sickle Aug. 23,  for the remainder of this week. State park officials said they will re-evaluate the closure on Friday, Aug. 27.

As of Aug. 22, Heavenly Mountain Resort is closed for summer season and will welcome guests back for the 2021/22 winter season, opening TBD.

Be Fire Smart

With several wildfires throughout Northern Nevada and California, depending on the wind direction there may be impacts on air quality. Click here for Real-time air quality monitoring.

RESOURCES:

BE FIRE SAFE

“I will be mindful that it only takes one spark to destroy an environment. Wildfire and its prevention are everyone’s responsibility.” #TahoePledge information: https://tahoesouth.com/take-care-travel-pledge-be-fire-safe/ 

TIPS

Before arriving, check NOAA’s Tahoe fire-weather warnings, then peruse the forest service’s current Lake Tahoe fire restrictions and adhere to them diligently while here.

The City of South Lake Tahoe has initiated its Emergency Operations Center and is providing the public with video updates each morning and evening. They can been seen on its Facebook page and website.

Sign up for emergency alerts while visiting Tahoe South through these sites to receive notices on your phone:

Recreate Responsibly Wildfire Lake Tahoe

Open for Business!

Both the Nevada and California side of Tahoe South are open to travelers. Businesses are operating at 100 percent capacity with no social distancing restrictions. Masks are required in both states for those who are not vaccinated. See below for additional mask updates as of July 27.

Mask Updates

Mask guidance requires individuals follow current CDC guidelines.
As of July 27, here’s key updates:

  • Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
  • Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
  • Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
  • Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

For more information on the differences between the two states go to: Nevada Updates
California Updates.

Nevada Updates

Masks are required indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors.

Douglas County, Nevada Moving Forward – Douglas County’s Plan for COVID-19 Recovery. Stateline, Nevada is in Douglas County.

Governor Sisolak’s Nevada Health Response has been updated on May 1, 2021, find more information HERE.

California Updates

As of June 15, 2021, Governor Newsom terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery. The new public health order effective June 15 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, related only to masking, mega-events, and settings serving children and youth.

Updated fire restrictions around Lake Tahoe – No wood fires allowed anywhere. More
Lake Tahoe Fire Restrictions


RESOURCES

News

Tahoe South Visitors Center

  • Email info@LTVA.org
  • Phone (775) 588-4591, available daily, 9 am – 4 pm.

Misc.

  • Take Care Tahoe lake-wide effort encourages the following tips to keep all healthy and safe while traveling including go big on distancing, masks matter, plan to change plans, no germs or anything else left behind, expect closures and sniffles, stay home.

Local Public Health Departments

Barton Memorial Hospital: Information; Barton’s COVID-19 Clinical Health Line at 530.600.1999

California Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control & Prevention:

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