Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter - September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021                                                                           Edition #96

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter

Evacuation Orders Downgraded

Effective Immediately

The following Evacuation warnings have been lifted in El Dorado County:

East Zone:
Washoe Meadows area including all residences accessed from North Upper Truckee Road, Tahoe Mountain Road, Lake Tahoe Boulevard, west of Tahoe Mountain Road and Chiapa Drive.

REMINDER: 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 and recreational residences accessible via closed Forest Service roads, please contact your local Forest Service District Office.

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit closure order 19-21-05 remains in effect for the following backcountry areas: Desolation Wilderness, Meiss Country, Barker Pass and
McKinney/Rubicon through September 19, 2021.

Repopulation consists of complex coordination between fire, law enforcement, public works, and utilities to ensure the safety of residents and fire responders alike.

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.

For more specific information and resources from your local utility company visit the links below:

  • PG&E
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • El Dorado Irrigation District
  • Grizzly Flats CSD
  • Liberty Utilities
  • ATT
  • Comcast

Please go to: for an online evacuation map.

All previous evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.


Caldor Fire Relief - Where to Donate

El Dorado Community Foundation
The Caldor Fire Fund has been established to support the families impacted by this fire, and your entire donation will go to support those families. These are our friends, neighbors, and families. With your support, we can help to make a difference in the lives of those who need us now more than ever. All donations to the Caldor Fire Fund will be unrestricted. Donate HERE.

The Community Disaster Resource Center
The organization’s mission is to acquire and distribute public and private donations and grants to provide short-term emergency assistance, longer term aid, information, and other resources to residents of South Lake Tahoe displaced by disaster to ensure such residents have the basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing, and transportation. Donate HERE.

Barton Foundation Emergency Response Fund
The Barton Foundation will distribute food cards, redeemable at Safeway stores in $25 increments, at The Attic Thrift Store, Bread & Broth, Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, and Live Violence Free beginning September 20. Donate HERE.

Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless
The coalition actively worked with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Tahoe Transportation District, and Lake Tahoe Unified District in providing transportation to vulnerable and mobility-impaired residents who do not have transportation. Donate HERE.

Lake Valley Firefighter’s Community Relief Fund
This fund has been set up and initiated by the firefighter wives to help support the immediate needs and efforts of Lake Valley Fire crews, the other agencies, and the Caldor fire in general. It will start by supporting the crews with food and supplies until the base camp is set up. The remaining money will be donated to the Lake Valley Firefighter’s Foundation. Donate HERE.

American Red Cross
The organization is operated 5 evacuation centers in Reno, Carson City, and Gardnerville. Donate HERE.

Caldor Fire Recovery


El Dorado County is committed to helping all residents impacted by the Caldor Fire. As part of this commitment, the county is providing Caldor Fire Recovery resources to help local residents. Important information regarding debris removaltree removalreturning homeright of entryutilitieshealth and safety, is available in addition to rebuildingproperty tax reliefproperty tax paymentsinsuranceanimal carehousing and shelter. El Dorado County has created a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to help residents with county administrative assistance. Read the latest Caldor Fire Information and review Frequently Asked Questions. Please follow all lawful orders and use caution when approaching fire impacted areas.

Read more about Caldor Fire Recovery


2021 Fair Cancelled

It is with much regret that the Fair Association Board and Staff has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Fair.

With the fairgrounds being utilized as the base camp for the Caldor Fire, and their departure date still unknown, it was felt that hosting a fair during this time of crisis was not in the best interest of the community.


Case update for September 17, 2021:

  • 50 cases (14,487)
    7 in Pollock Pines/Camino/Kyburz;
    11 in El Dorado Hills;
    (-1) Diamond Springs/El Dorado;
    4 in North County;
    10 in Greater Placerville;
    9 in Cameron Park/Shingle Springs/Rescue;
    1 South County;
    8 in Lake Tahoe region;
    (1) awaiting address confirmation (total awaiting address confirmation is 153)

  • 14 aged 0-17,
    21 aged 18-49,
    9 aged 50-64,
    6 aged 65+;
    (0) date of birth unknown (total date of birth unknown is 15)

  • (883) additional negative test results

  • 61 assumed recoveries (13,363)

  • 17 hospitalizations/7 ICU

  • No additional deaths (130)


  • Adjusted case rate: 24.7
  • Positivity rate: 7.1%

  • Health equity quartile positivity rate: 7.3%

Vaccine measures:

  • Cumulative fully vaccinated: 100,651 (52.1%)

  • Cumulative with at least one dose: 112,050 (58.0%)

As of Tuesday, September 14, 2021:

  • 7-day average daily case rate among El Dorado County residents who are not fully vaccinated: 32.4 per 100,000

  • 7-day average daily case rate among fully vaccinated residents in El Dorado County: 8.4 per 100,000

  • Estimated number of post vaccination cases to date: 775

Lake Tahoe Fun Facts

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Temperatures are dropping and snow is in the forecast for Lake Tahoe this weekend. According to the National Weather Service, a significant Pacific storm will drop into the area this weekend. A slight chance of rain and snow at the highest elevations in the Basin are possible starting late Sunday morning. 

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~ Evacuation Downgraded

~ Where to Donate

~ Fire Recovery

~ Fair Cancelled

~ EDC COVID Update

~ Lake Tahoe Fund Facts


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