Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Special Updates - September 7, 2021

September 7, 2021                                     

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel - Special Updates

Caldor Fire

Evacuation Orders Downgraded

Effective Immediately


The following Evacuation Orders have been downgraded to Evacuation Warnings in El Dorado County:

  • All homes accessed from both sides of Pioneer Trail from the city limits starting at Al Tahoe Blvd and moving west stopping before Elks Club.

REMINDER: The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is closed under the Regional Emergency Closure of all National Forests in California. See the Regional Order for more information. Recreation residences and other permittees should contact their permit administrator for questions regarding access when their area becomes open for repopulation. There is still a temporary Emergency Closure in effect for the Eldorado National Forest through the end of September. This closure includes all National Forest Service lands, roads (including Mormon Emigrant Trail) and trails within the Eldorado National Forest. See Forest Order 03-21-14 for more information. To request access to private lands within the warning area, accessible via closed Forest Service roads, please contact your local Forest Service District Office.

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to
adhere to road closures and any evacuation orders and warnings. A reminder to drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. There will be smoke in the respective areas as firefighters continue firefighting operations. If at any time you feel unsafe, please call 911. For tips on returning home after wildfire visit: Returning Home Checklist - Ready for Wildfire Please go to: for an online evacuation map.

As you return to your residences, please be warned that you may not have working utilities. Carefully walk around your structures and check for damages, hot spots and hazardous materials. If you received a code red announcement to evacuate on your cell phone, you may not receive additional code red notices if your cell service is not reliable.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

A mandatory evacuation order is defined as an immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.

An evacuation warning is defined as a potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate and those with pets and livestock should leave now.

For additional information regarding the Caldor Fire visit:

CHP Update on the Caldor Fire


The Caldor Fire still burns in many areas of El Dorado County in the South Lake Tahoe area. County residents are not being allowed back due, in part, to these fires.

US-50, SR-89 & SR-88 remain closed. There are many spots where either the fire has reached the road or fire fighters and their equipment are on the road actively fighting the fires. Downed trees and debris also continue to be a problem on our roadways.

Please have patience as our fire fighters work night & day to put these fires out. And remember, our law enforcement family is out there 24/7 keeping our communities safe.

Barton Health Reopens with Limited Services


With the re-population of the city of South Lake Tahoe, Stateline and Zephyr Cove communities, Barton Health is providing medical services to the community. 

Services include:

Barton Urgent Care
24/7 Urgent Care Services until Barton Emergency Department opens 155 Highway 50, Stateline, NV

Barton Medical Offices
Virtual/phone visits for most service lines MyChart communication for all service lines

Barton is working closely with the California Department of Public Health to reopen additional services as soon as possible at Barton Memorial Hospital. Please continue to check for details and updates.

Email and Phone for Fire Recovery Efforts

email phone

El Dorado County has set up an email address that allows the public to email any inquiries regarding fire recovery efforts to   

A central phone line is also available at (530) 621-5101 to serve those that prefer to call.

Supervisors to Hold Special Meeting to Discuss Caldor Fire Recovery

When: Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM

To view the complete Agenda, go to:

The two items regarding the Caldor fire are:

2.  21-1455
Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board receive updates on the following topics related to the Caldor Fire emergency:
1) A report on the current status of the fire and other relevant information the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services;
2) Efforts to re-evaluate property taxes and the potential impact to County revenues, and to review what taxpayers can expect, from the County Assessor;
3) Initiatives to ensure the ability to vote for all fire victims, as well as emergency response personnel, from the Registrar of Voters;
4) The effort to begin debris/hazardous tree removal, including the Consolidated Debris Removal Program with CalOES, and a forthcoming urgency ordinance on this topic, from Environmental Management.

3.  21-1469
HEARING - Planning and Building Department, Planning Division staff, recommending the Board:
1) Adopt Urgency Ordinance 5150, entitled “Caldor Fire Resiliency and Rebuilding Ordinance” (OR21-0001), adding Chapter 130.69 to Title 130 (Zoning) of the El Dorado County Ordinance Code, which provides for temporary emergency housing options for persons displaced by the Caldor Fire during recovery and rebuilding and provisions to aid during repair and reconstruction of damaged dwellings and other structures in the burn area or provide direction to staff to make modifications to the proposed urgency
ordinance and return to the Board on September 21, 2021 for adoption;
2) If adopted, find that the urgency ordinance is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to statutory exemption Public Resource Code Section 21080(b)(3) (projects to maintain, repair, restore, or replace property or facilities damaged or destroyed as a result of a declared disaster); Public Resource Code Section 21080(b)(4) (actions necessary to mitigate an emergency); CEQA Guidelines Section 15269(a) (maintaining, repairing, restoring, demolishing, or replacing property or facilities damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster); CEQA Guideline Section 15269(c) (specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency); and CEQA Guideline Section 15061(b)(3) (Common Sense Exemption); and
3) If adopted, authorize the Chair to sign Urgency Ordinance 5150. (4/5 vote required)


Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) was fortunate to be able to evacuate quickly with the animals in their care. The birds and animals in the Tahoe area impacted by the Caldor fire may not have been so lucky. When returning to the area please be on the lookout for injured and orphaned animals that may need care and call LTWC if you think they need help. These animals were struggling BEFORE the fire due to the drought. Putting out water for them is okay but please don’t feed them. The bears especially- are entering hyperphasia- the time when they usually “ bulk up” for hibernation. Lack of natural food due to the fire will impact this process so be vigilant and lock your cars- keep garbage inside until pick up day and haze any bears getting too close to your residence. When driving PLEASE slow down as there is wildlife disoriented and displaced from the fire that you might not usually see on the roadways.

The forest will heal in time- most likely more healthy than before the fire. After the Angora fire the amount of new growth was amazing the following Spring. Fire is a natural process- although it has a much bigger impact on us humans. A lot of us live in Tahoe because of the close proximity to wildlife and we can continue enjoying that wildlife when we return to our homes. Hopefully that will be soon!

LTWC (530) 577-2273


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