The Caldor Fire burning in EL Dorado County has now become no. 1 in priority in California, and as Cal Fire Director Thom Porter puts it, the fire is “knocking on the door to the Lake Tahoe Basin”. It has burned over 130,000 acres with minimal containment.
Saturday the fire jumped Highway 50 near Kyburz and a 40-mile stretch of the highway between Sly Park and Myers was closed Friday. Residents who live between Meyers and Twin Bridges are allowed to travel on the highway with identification and proof of residency.
Cal Fire said in a Sunday briefing that they do not anticipate reopening Highway 50 in the near future as the fire still poses a threat to those traveling on that road. 461 homes and 11 commercial buildings had been confirmed destroyed.