Caltrans to Temporarily Close Ebbetts, Monitor & Sonora Passes Ahead of Inclement Weather

Caltrans to Temporarily Close Ebbetts, Monitor & Sonora Passes Ahead of Inclement Weather

Arnold, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will temporarily close State Route 4 (SR-4)/Ebbetts Pass, SR-89/Montior Pass and SR-108/Sonora Pass in advance of inclement weather expected to arrive in the area later this week. With snowfall predicted to impact the mountain region in the next few days, Caltrans will perform the following, temporary pass closures […]

Caldor Post-Fire BAER Soil Burn Severity Map Released

Caldor Post-Fire BAER Soil Burn Severity Map Released

Placerville, CA…USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) specialists recently completed their data gathering and analysis of the Caldor burned area to produce a Soil Burn Severity (SBS) map of the 218,952-acre fire. USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) assessment teams are multi-disciplinary teams sent to federal lands following significant wildfires to characterize […]

Stanislaus National Forest Proposes Eliminating Free Day Use & Large 100% or More Fee Increases at Developed Locations

Stanislaus National Forest Proposes Eliminating Free Day Use & Large 100% or More Fee Increases at Developed Locations

Sonora, CA…The Stanislaus National Forest is proposing to charge new or increased fees at 31 developed recreation sites to conduct deferred maintenance and make improvements to enhance visitor enjoyment (Table 1.). Numerous day-use sites, overnight camping sites, and other recreation sites are managed without user fees on the forest. “We recognize how important these sites […]

More Caldor Fire Evacuation Orders Downgraded

More Caldor Fire Evacuation Orders Downgraded

Grizzly Flats, CA…As of September 16, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Evacuation Orders Downgraded, Effective Immediately in El Dorado County, Amador County, Alpine County. Evacuation Order Update: The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in Amador County: Zones 4A and 5A. South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene […]

Hwy 88 a Key Sierra Nevada Roadway Opens After Closure From Caldor Fire

Hwy 88 a Key Sierra Nevada Roadway Opens After Closure From Caldor Fire

Alpine & Amador Counties, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and partner agencies reopened State Route 88 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021. The roadway had been closed between Peddler Hill and Route 89/Picketts Junction, and later from Peddler Hill to Kirkwood due to the Caldor Fire, which according to Cal Fire had […]

Governor Gavin Newsom Should Survive Recall & Serve Out Remainder of Term

Governor Gavin Newsom Should Survive Recall & Serve Out Remainder of Term

Arnold, CA…Locally in our coverage area Alpine County is only County that followed the statewide trend.  From the Secretary of State’s Office… “Unofficial Election Results. Results will be certified by October 22, 2021. ( 18,185 of 18,185 ) precincts partially reporting as of September 15, 2021, 2:55 a.m.. Precincts are listed as “partially” reporting since […]

Caldor Fire at 210,259 Acres, 25% Contained, 811 Structures Destroyed, Firefighters Continue Herding Fire

Caldor Fire at 210,259 Acres, 25% Contained, 811 Structures Destroyed, Firefighters Continue Herding Fire

Grizzly Flats, CA…Calmer winds and return of moderate humidity to some areas of the fire reduced activity overnight however spotting and fire spread still occurred along the northern edge of the fire.  Firefighters will work today to bolster lines where large pockets of previously unburned fuel threaten existing control lines.  Damage inspection is in progress […]

Caldor Burns On, 204,390 Acres, 20% Contained, 729 Structures Destroyed, 4,224 Personnel

Caldor Burns On, 204,390 Acres, 20% Contained, 729 Structures Destroyed, 4,224 Personnel

Grizzly Flat, CA…Evacuation Warnings, Effective Immediately, Douglas County, Nevada.  Douglas County is asking the following communities to be on the alert and start preparing for potential evacuations. Evacuations have not been ordered for the following areas at this time; however, there is potential for evacuation warnings to heighten to evacuation orders in the near future. […]

The Caldor Fire Now 191,607 Acres, 16% Contained, 669 Structures Destroyed, 3,904 Personnel

The Caldor Fire Now 191,607 Acres, 16% Contained, 669 Structures Destroyed, 3,904 Personnel

Grizzly Flats, CA…The top map is the NASA/USFS heat map.  In the heat map you can tell it burned across Hwy 89 and is racing behind South Lake Tahoe on the ridge towards Heavenly Ski Resort.  Yesterday Sierra at Tahoe today Heavenly & Kirkwood?  Time will tell.  On the southern leg the fire has crossed […]

Evacuation Orders Hit Alpine County Again as They Recover from the Tamarack Fire

Evacuation Orders Hit Alpine County Again as They Recover from the Tamarack Fire

Markleeville, CA…The latest from the Caldor Fire as portions of Alpine County are now under mandatory evacuations. Highway 89 south from Luther Pass Road to Pickett’s Junction, (Highway 88) West on Highway 88 to Kirkwood. This includes Kirkwood resort and Caples Lake. Click below for interactive information… Evacuation Warning: Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West […]

Highway 88 is Closed Between Omo Ranch Rd. & Highway 88/89 Interchange Due to Caldor Fire

Highway 88 is Closed Between Omo Ranch Rd. & Highway 88/89 Interchange Due to Caldor Fire

Grizzly Flats, CA…Highway 88 is closed between Omo Ranch Rd. and the Highway 88/89 interchange. Evacuation Order: Amador County South of Highway 88 along the Amador/El Dorado County line from Dufrene Road, due east to the Amador/Alpine County line and from the Amador/Alpine County line north to Hwy 88. Shelter Info • Our Red Cross […]

Caltrans Suspends Mountain Counties Bridge Rails Project on Hwy 4, 88, 89 Until Spring 2022

Caltrans Suspends Mountain Counties Bridge Rails Project on Hwy 4, 88, 89 Until Spring 2022

Alpine County, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has suspended the Mountain Counties Bridge Rails project due to the recent Tamarack Fire and seasonal winter suspension in Alpine County. Construction operations will resume in spring 2022 at the following locations: The Silver Creek Bridge on Route 4 between the Centerville Flat and Silver Creek campgrounds. […]

Cal-Trans Traffic Advisory for Alpine County

Cal-Trans Traffic Advisory for Alpine County

Alpine County, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct various lane closures on State Routes 4, 88, 89 and 207 for bridge and drainage work, and roadway construction operations, though some scheduled work might be suspended due to the Tamarack Fire. Work is scheduled to occur as follows: Route 4 • Work on the […]

Tamarack Wildfire Reaches 82% Containment & Fire Operations Return to Local Control

Tamarack Wildfire Reaches 82% Containment & Fire Operations Return to Local Control

Markleeville, CA…Special Notes: The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will transition command of the fire to the Sierra Front Type 3 Team 1 tonight. Both teams thank the local communities for their hospitality and assistance. Current Situation: Portions of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest currently have Stage II fire restrictions. With dry, windy weather […]

The 2021 Bear Valley Music Festival is July 23 – August 1st! Closing Day Don’t Miss Out!!

The 2021 Bear Valley Music Festival is July 23 – August 1st!  Closing Day Don’t Miss Out!!

Bear Valley, CA…The 2021 Bear Valley Music Festival is July 23 – August 1st! Order your tickets now & make plans for your summer musical adventures in the California Alps. About Bear Valley CLICK HERE FOR DRIVING DIRECTIONS Bear Valley is located on Scenic Highway 4 in the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest–an area […]

Sorry, Forest Service: Fire is NOT Our Friend ~Congressman Tom McClintock

Sorry, Forest Service: Fire is NOT Our Friend ~Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC…It is dangerous nonsense to “monitor” incipient fires in today’s forest tinderbox, even if they seem to pose no immediate danger. No person in his right mind would “monitor” a rattlesnake curled up in his bedroom because it isn’t doing much of anything. He would kill it before it does. In our national forests, […]

Portion of the Pacific Crest Trail Closed by Tamarack Fire Reopens July 31

Portion of the Pacific Crest Trail Closed by Tamarack Fire Reopens July 31

Carson City, NV…Forest officials on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will reopen a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail that was closed due to the Tamarack Fire. The Pacific Crest Trail between California State Route 88 and California State Route 4 (Ebbetts Pass) will reopen Saturday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m. “While we’re reopening this portion […]

Alpine County Lifting Some Mandatory Evacuations In Burnside Lake Area

Alpine County Lifting Some Mandatory Evacuations In Burnside Lake Area

Markleeville, CA…Alpine County Lifting Some Mandatory Evacuations July 30, 2021. Tamarack Fire Wildfire Mandatory Evacuations Lifted Burnside Lake. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ALPINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS REMOVED THE MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS EFFECTIVE AT 7:00 AM TODAY 7/30/2021: Burnside Rd. & Burnside Lake Additional evacuations are possible due to fire activity. We […]

Governor Newsom Surveys Tamarack Fire Damage with Nevada Governor Sisolak, Meets with Fire and Emergency Officials.

Governor Newsom Surveys Tamarack Fire Damage with Nevada Governor Sisolak, Meets with Fire and Emergency Officials.

Gardnerville, NV…California Governor Gavin Newsom and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak surveyed a Tamarack Fire damage area and met with fire and emergency management personnel responding to the fire, which has burned 68,497 acres on both sides of the California-Nevada border. “We’re here in the spirit of partnership that unites all of us on the West […]

State Routes 4 & 89 Now Open Through Tamarack Fire Burn Area

State Routes 4 & 89 Now Open Through Tamarack Fire Burn Area

Alpine, CA…The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reopened State Routes 4 and 89 in Alpine County to through-traffic only at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. There will be no access to the United States Forest Service (USFS) lands. Be advised firefighting work on the Tamarack Fire is […]

Alpine County Sheriff sets up Temporary Non-Emergency Line & Dispatch Line

Alpine County Sheriff sets up Temporary Non-Emergency Line & Dispatch Line

Markleeville, CA…Alpine County Sheriff has set up Temporary Non-Emergency Line & Dispatch Line due to the Tamarack Fire. Alpine County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Line: 530-721-0757. Alpine County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Line: 775-782-5126. EMERGENCY DIAL 911 Road Closures State Route 89 from the junction of Highway 88 to Highway 395 (Evacuee Access Allowed) State Route 4 […]

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Rescues Black Bear Cub from The Tamarack Fire

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Rescues Black Bear Cub from The Tamarack Fire

Markleeville, CA….Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care contacted Alpine County on Sunday evening (7/25/21) after receiving a report from a Markleeville resident regarding an injured black bear cub in the Markleeville area. The injuries to the animal were a result of the Tamarack Fire and the mother bear could not be located. As a result, the Lake […]

Tamarack Fire Daily Update, Sunday, July 25, 2021, 66,744 Acres, 27% Contained, 1,557 Fire Personnel

Tamarack Fire Daily Update, Sunday, July 25, 2021, 66,744 Acres, 27% Contained, 1,557 Fire Personnel

Markleeville, CA…Special Notes: Smoke from the Dixie Fire has moved into the area and will affect visibility and air quality throughout the weekend. Air Operations may be impacted. Air quality may be unhealthy for those who are sensitive to smoke. Current Situation: Containment of the Tamarack Fire has jumped to 27% today. This follows a […]