California Wildfires: Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire evening updates – Aug. 22, 2021

California Wildfires: Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire evening updates – Aug. 22, 2021

we are keeping our eye on wildfires burning across our area firefighters are trying to stop the kaldor fire from reaching amador county as it continues to grow in size it’s grown now to more than 98 thousand acres and there is still no containment the keldor fire sparked over a week ago in el dorado county and since then it’s destroyed more than 300 structures more than 24 thousand people forced out of their homes evacuation orders and warnings staying in place until it is safe for people to return home we have team coverage on the kaldor fire abc 10 meteorologist tracy humphrey is tracking the winds abc 10’s candace red is in placerville but first we start with abc 10’s van tu who’s live in kyburz with how the fire fight is going van well kurt we have several new updates for you we are here off of highway 50 to give you a live look of that spot fire that jumped north of the highway yesterday you can see the smoke so thick making it really impossible to tell where the sky begins and ends this has really hindered air resources from coming over this side of the fire since 3 pm today we can see some orange flames continuing to burn through the trees here between the rocks here on the outer edges according to cal fire this spot fire has grown to 200 acres at last check the main fire continues to hold south of the highway now the highway highway 50 has been closed between myers and sly park for the past few days and just in time too firefighters say had the road been open to traffic it could have been disastrous and officials say they do not expect the highway to be open anytime soon right now there are efforts to protect structures along the 50 corridor and this evening cal fire does expect winds to continue pushing this fire northeast and this is where fire objectives have moved as far east as highway 89 because the fire has crept close enough to strawberry creek now meanwhile in the southwest flank of the fire where the cal door fire started off caldwell road that is a top priority for crews tonight because it is a burning wildly in a drainage off the middle fork cosumnes river so that continues to be a threat for the fire crews as well as homes in cal door grizzly flats and blue mountain as well band two reporting live from kyburz thank you van let’s go to tracy now is tracking those fire conditions for us tonight tracy hey thank you kurt so let’s take a look at the latest with the cal door fire and the red dots that you’re seeing here are showing hot spots thermal imaging dating back to the previous 12 hours and you can see some of those hot spots some of those fires jumping across highway 50 moving into kyburz we’ve had a lot more activity on the north as well as the northeastern flank of this particular fire because winds are coming in out of the southwest but as van just mentioned we do still have some activity down here near the omo ranch road and that is very close to where this fire began the opportunity for winds will be continuing coming in out of the southwest pushing this fire to the northeast and pushing the smoke associated with it to the northeast as well so here’s another vantage point showing that smoke moving to parts of south lake tahoe area winds coming out of the southwest pushing it to the northeast and that’s going to be something the movement the trajectory of this fire that we’re expecting moving into around midnight tonight after that winds will start to veer in out of the east in the meantime outside right now is very manageable 82 in sacramento 82 in stockton’s upper 70’s coming in for placerville and tomorrow another day with some hazy sunshine for the hills in the sierra with below average temperatures coming up from the 80s to more triple digits we’ll take a look at your 10-day forecast that’s coming up just keeps on coming thank you tracy while the kaldor fire has caused parts of highway 50 to close take a look at this map here you can see the fire in pink highway 50 is right above it highway is closed where the red begins and pollock pines and opens again off screen in myers when the fire crossed yesterday in the kybers area caltrans does not have a timeline for when that highway will reopen they announced that just a few moments ago and because of the highway 50 closure and the fire jumping the freeway many businesses along the highway are concerned about how this will impact their bottom line abc 10’s candace redd is live in placerville katya what are you hearing from small business owners in the area well kurt this evening we are coming to you live on main street this is in placerville as you can see some businesses are open others closed up shop due to the wildfire again this is a sign posted on art studio 360. it reads closed due to air quality we do know that small business owners say that this area is typically booming in sales due to foot traffic and tourists passing through to get to lake tahoe but the wildfire is putting a stop to all that the cal door fire is impacting the economy in el dorado county through property loss tourism and recreation air pollution and more it’s destroyed hundreds of structures and thousands remain threatened there’s definitely been a business impact from the fire for sure businesses are closed in evacuated areas but despite the wildfires sweetie pies on main street in placerville was still open sunday morning on a day where we normally would do over a thousand dollars in sales each we’ll probably do definitely at least half especially on a weekend we normally have an hour up to i mean i’ve seen like a two hour wait the usda forest service closed nine national forests in northern california for safety halting tourism and popular recreation activities through labor day highway 50 is also closed in both directions cutting off the main route between sacramento and south lake tahoe i think 50 being closed is probably the greatest impact for lack of business laura brent baum is the ceo of the el dorado county chamber of commerce she sent this statement reading in part the biggest immediate economic impact is to tourism access to tahoe being shut off at the end of the summer season is big we don’t have specific numbers or data right now our tourism numbers have been strong since the covitt requirements have loosened that of course has changed this is our one and only location you know we don’t really have a backup plan for if we’re not getting business and kurt once again i want to take you and our viewers on another walk again giving you a look live at main street in placerville as you can see not too much foot traffic in this area some businesses again have closed up shop keep in mind the el dorado county chamber of commerce did not have numbers regarding the overall economic impact at this time but the chamber says that it will be worse than the king fire which burned about 97 thousand acres in 2014. kurt a sad scene to see all right our candice redd live in downtown placerville tonight meanwhile the annual dry diggings festival is moving to a new location because of the kaldor fire the two day concert next weekend is being moved from placerville’s el dorado county fairgrounds to the nevada county fairgrounds in grass valley the friday and saturday event features 15 bands food craft vendors and craft beer last year the festival was canceled because of the coveted 19 pandemic now let’s check in on the dixie fire it has grown to 721 thousand acres now it is 37 percent contained this is the largest single fire in california history mandatory evacuations changed to warnings in the dixie fire including clear creek westwood and pine town south of highway 36 from the lassen county line south of highway 36 from devil’s corral east to brit lane and thumper hill and south to chaney creek road biz johnson trail area south of highway 36 from thumper hill east to miller crossing and south to bauer road zone
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California Wildfires: Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire evening updates - Aug. 22, 2021

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