Caldor Fire closure area in Eldorado Forest to be reduced Friday

Submitted to the Tribune
The Eldorado National Forest Caldor closure map.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Caldor Fire Closure Area on the Eldorado National Forest will be reduced Friday, Oct. 15, now that fire containment has increased, weather has moderated and some areas of fire suppression repair and hazard tree removal have been completed, forest officials announced Thursday evening. Also beginning Friday, the camping prohibition order has been terminated and camping and gas stoves are again allowed outside the closure area.

Desolation Wilderness, areas north of U.S. Highway 50 and west of the closure area, and areas on the south side highway 88 will be open with the smaller fire closure area. Exceptions are small areas around Wrights Lake and Thunder Mountain due to ongoing fire suppression repair work. The boundaries of the fire closure area will continue to be evaluated as conditions change. Winter recreation sites that are currently within the closure area will be assessed and will be opened if determined safe to do so, including Sierra at Tahoe, Adventure Mountain and Sno-Parks.

“Keep in mind that most developed campgrounds and day use sites are closed for the season, as is typical for this time of year,” the service said. “Please check the forest website for recreation facility status.”

The Desolation Wilderness trailheads that access the south side are within the Caldor Fire Closure Area and are still closed to public use for both overnight and day use access. Those trailheads are Rockbound, Twin Lakes, Lyons, Pyramid Creek/Horsetail Falls, Ralston and Echo Lakes.

Please use the fire closure description and map to stay out of the fire closure area. Drive with caution as fire vehicles and heavy equipment will be using the roads. There are ongoing fire suppression repair and hazard tree removal operations which will continue for several more weeks.

“The fire area is still very hazardous. Large fuels are still smoldering; there are many fire weakened trees; the road system is damaged; and steep slopes will be prone to water runoff, debris flows, landslides, and rock fall,” said the release. “Although the boundaries may change, we anticipate that a Caldor Fire closure area will be necessary until next spring.”

The following persons are exempt from the closure order:

1) Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

2) Persons with Forest Service Permit No. FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or Order), specifically exempting them from this Order.

3) Persons with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license or Forest Service special use authorization for an electric transmission line, an oil or gas pipeline, or communications site may access their permit areas to conduct administrative and emergency functions to property and related assets.

4) Commercial recreation special-use permit holders and their customers are not exempt from this Forest Order, however, they may access the permitted areas under the terms and conditions of their permits to conduct administrative functions and to protect property and related assets. Recreation residence permit holders are not exempt from this order.

5) Owners or lessees of land and residents of such private landholdings, to the extent to access their land. Recreation residence permit holders are not exempt from this order.

For more information, visit the forest website at

Visitor information specialists are also available by phone from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Forest Supervisors’ Office 530-303-2412, Georgetown Ranger District 530-334-6477, Pacific / Placerville Ranger District 916-500-4712, Amador Ranger District 209-259-3774.

Source: Eldorado National Forest

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