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Caldor fire map today LIVE – Blaze growing near Pollock Pines as the Dixie Fire eyes Susanville and evacuations ordered

THE Caldor fire is growing near California’s Pollock Pines as the Dixie Fire eyes Susanville and hundreds have been forced to evacuate from their homes.

As the Caldor fire — which began on Saturday south of Pollock Pines in El Dorado County — remains an “extremely active fire,” officials said the blaze reached nearly 66,000 acres on Thursday morning.

That same morning, the Dixie Fire had burned 678,000 acres near Susanville, California, WildFireToday reported.

The Caldor fire raged through a small Northern California forest town Tuesday, burning dozens of homes as dangerously dry and windy weather also continued to fuel other massive blazes across the state.

It also raged through areas of El Dorado County — destroying a church and elementary school, according to The Sacramento Bee.

And southwest of Lake Tahoe, the Eldorado National Forest has been closed to the public because of the Caldor fire, SFGate reported.

Jennifer Chapman, a spokesperson for the Eldorado National Forest, said: “Please stay away … because there’s so much going on and it’s a really active fire situation. The safest thing to do is to be away from this area.”

The Caldor fire, which began on Saturday evening, grew from 6,500 acres on Tuesday morning to 53,772 acres by early Wednesday.

Areas that are currently under evacuation orders can be spotted on a map, available on the El Dorado County Sheriff’s website. And the orders are searchable by address.

Read our Caldor fire live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • FOREST WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL SEPTEMBER

     

  • MORE THAN 23,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED

    The Caldor Fire grew to 65,474 acres as of Thursday morning.

    And more than 23,000 people have been evacuated and two people were hurt, Capradio reported.

  • ‘NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED’

    Speaking on Tuesday evening, Eldorado National Forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais talked about the unpredictable fire, Capradio reported.

    He said: “We know this fire has done things that nobody could have predicted. But that’s how firefighting has been in the state this year.

    “I’ve spent the past four weeks in the North State and every time a fire broke out it outpaced our models two to one.

    “We’re seeing the same again here.”

  • DIXIE FIRE GROWS 678,000 ACRES

    The Incident Management Team reported on Thursday morning that the Dixie Fire had burned 678,000 acres near Susanville, California.

  • MORE THAN 11,000 FIREFIGHTERS FOUGHT BLAZES ON THURSDAY

     

  • ‘HAZMAT SITE’ IN CALIFORNIA

    “Authorities say the remote forest area where the bodies of a California couple, their baby and the family dog were found was being treated as a hazmat site as authorities look for any clues on what caused the mysterious deaths,” NBC Bay Area reported.

  • ‘MORE COMPLEX AND DANGEROUS THAN EVER BEFORE’

     

  • WHEN DID THE CALDOR FIRE BEGIN?

    The Caldor Fire that started on Saturday southeast of the Dixie Fire in El Dorado County has grown to about 6,500 acres.

    Around 2,500 people are under evacuation orders and warnings because of the blaze, which fire spokesman Chris Vestal said nearly tripled in size overnight.

    More than 240 firefighters are currently helping to contain the flames.

     The El Dorado Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for those living in the Grizzly Flats and Happy Valley regions.

    They said: “Night firefighting and challenging terrain made accessing the fire difficult.

    “The fire burned very actively throughout the night.”

  • FIRE INTENSITY INCREASING

     

  • ‘HELICOPTERS THAT CAN FLY AT NIGHT’

  • ‘GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY’

    A journalist with CBS Sacramento tweeted: “Game changing technology is now on the front lines of the #CaldorFire for the first time ever in Northern California, according to the forest service.

    “Helicopters that can fly and drop water at night just arrived at the Amador Co Airport!”

  • OPERATIONAL UPDATE FROM DIXIE FIRE

  • WHEN DID THE CALDOR FIRE BEGIN?

    The Caldor Fire that started on Saturday southeast of the Dixie Fire in El Dorado County has grown to about 6,500 acres.

    Around 2,500 people are under evacuation orders and warnings because of the blaze, which fire spokesman Chris Vestal said nearly tripled in size overnight.

    More than 240 firefighters are currently helping to contain the flames.

     The El Dorado Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders for those living in the Grizzly Flats and Happy Valley regions.

    They said: “Night firefighting and challenging terrain made accessing the fire difficult.

    “The fire burned very actively throughout the night.”

  • RING OF FIRE

  • ‘MORE COMPLEX AND DANGEROUS THAN EVER BEFORE’

  • MORE THAN 65K ACRES BURNED

  • GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGY

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