Caldor Fire – 9/7/2021 Heat Maps

9/7/2021 at 8am

We are getting great support from volunteers who are contributors on the website. Here are incident maps from Keith Flood, retired Situation Unit Leader on one of the Northern California Incident Management Teams, and heat maps plus commentary from Lookout contributor ‘Tumbleweed,’ a retired wildfire captain.

From Keith:

This morning’s update from ONCC 2 with Team change information and a few of the pertinent Ops Maps for today.

Full text from ONCC News & Notes here 2.
All of Today’s Maps, full size PDF’s 2

CA-ENF Caldor Fire:
216,646 acres brush and timber, 49% contained.

Cal Fire IMT 2 assigned, Planned transfer command West Zone on 9/8. Unified Command: Type 1, CA Team 4 (Opliger), NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik). NIMO Team 2 (Reinarz) and Cal Fire Team 6 (Veik) in command of West Zone. Type 1, CA Team 4 (Opliger) in command of East Zone. Cal Fire IMT 2 (Blankenheim) assigned, Planned transfer command West Zone on 9/8 at 0700.





From Tumbleweed:
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IR from 23:09 (11:09pm) last night. Isolated heat has been removed for clarity on some pics. Clear areas do not indicate no heat. There are many reasons for heat not showing on IR runs. Only eyes on the ground can determine when it is safe to enter an area.

Faint white line indicates previous fire perimeter

Above 50 at Kyburz/Strawberry. They used some Super Scoopers (planes that skim the water to fill up) to assist with this area yesterday. The results are obvious. Very helpful to cool things off, having 1600 gallons of water dumped on your line three or four times an hour. They filled up out of Lake Tahoe.



Looking south over Echo Lakes Basin. Just a guess, but the thinner air and sheltered landscape possibly slows the cooling off.



You can really see the effects of intensive mop-up by the firefighters within the area near structures in South Lake Tahoe cooling off rather quickly. Looking south.



Looking north over SLT. Hitting those areas near structures in order to get residents back in as soon as possible.



Again, the place the fire is spreading (rather slowly) is in areas with poor access requiring dozers and handcrews to get in and scout areas to put in lines. Hard work! Looking NNW over the upper finger.



Not sure if they brought the line down to 88 here or just corrected data in the IR. I don’t have info about this area. If someone knows, please pass it on. Looking north over Kirkwood.



The small slop over 88 near Tragedy Springs looks to be buttoned up.



Overview of entire fire shows hot spots throughout. Most likely it will take a rain event or the IR plane not flying to see most of these red spots go away. As time goes on, their location will move away from populated areas as they continue to burn out on their own.