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Hwy 50 Closed, Much of Tahoe Ordered Evacuated

Caldor Fire puts entire city of South Lake Tahoe under mandatory Evacuation Order as of Monday afternoon
By - posted 8/30/2021 No Comment

UPDATE: As of 11:40am on August 30 a mandatory evacuation order has been issued by CalFire for the entire city of South Lake Tahoe all the way to Nevada Stateline.

Evacuation Routes:
• Evacuate Eastbound on Highway 50 towards Nevada.

Evacuation Shelters:
• Truckee Veterans Hall 10214 High Street, Truckee, CA 96161
• Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV

Due to the rapidly advancing fire which has now entered the Tahoe Basin, Cal Fire issued mandatory evacuation orders Monday for everyone in South Lake Tahoe in addition to many evacuation orders that were issued on Sunday night.

See the latest updates

Please note this is an evolving news story and details may change rapidly.

Highway 50 is closed in both directions from east of Placerville (the Sly Park Road exit) to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).

The orders to evacuate are for residents the following areas:

  • El Dorado County: in the Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the wilderness boundary, and from the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes.
  • Alpine County: State Route 89 south, from Luther Pass Road to Picketts Junction (State Route 88), and west on State Route 88 to Kirkwood, and south including Kirkwood ski resort and Caples Lake.
  • UPDATE – Now includes South Lake TahoeHeavenly
    • East of Pioneer Trail between Larch and Al Tahoe, to include the area of Heavenly Ski Resort out
    to the Alpine County Line and the Nevada State line on the East.

    • East of Ski run on the lake side of Pioneer Trail and also both sides of Pioneer Trail between Larch
    and the Nevada State line.

Cal Fire has provided an interactive evacuation map


The warning is in effect in Alpine County from State Route 88 at Forestdale Road west and south to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing, west to the Summit City Canyon Trail, west from there to the El Dorado/Stanislaus National Forest line and west from there to the Alpine/Amador county line. In addition, the warning includes the area south of the Armstrong Summit to Woodfords to Forestdale Road and north of State Route 88 and State Route 89 to the Armstrong Summit.

A Red Cross evacuation shelter is open in Nevada at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

In Lassen County, the warning is in effect from the Bogard area north of State Route 44 from Pittville Road east to County Road A21 and north to Blacks Mountain, and Harvey Mountain and south of Ashurst Lake, as well as west of County Road A1 from the intersection of County Road A21 north to Forest Services Route 32NO2.

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As of 11:40am, August 30, 2021 – see the latest updates




  • Shelter
    Green Valley Community Church
    3500 Missouri Flat Road
    Placerville, CA
  • Shelter
    Cameron Park CSD
    2502 Country Club Drive
    Cameron Park, CA
  • Shelter
    Rolling Hills Church
    800 White Rock Road
    El Dorado Hills, CA


  • Temporary Evacuation Point
    Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek
    581 Hwy 49
    Sutter Creek, CA 95685


  • Shelter
    Douglas County Community Center
    1329 Waterloo Lane
    Gardnerville, NV



  • El Dorado County Animal Services (small animals)
    6435 Capitol Ave.
    Diamond Springs, CA
    For animal evacuation questions or assistance call (530) 621-5795
  • Saureel Vineyards (large animals) FULL
    1140 Cold Springs Road
    Placerville, CA
    (530) 621-5795


  • South County Large Animal Rescue (SCLAR)
    Amador County Fairgrounds (large and farm animals)
    El Dorado County residents only
    18621 Sherwood Street
    Plymouth, CA
  • Amador County Animal Response Team- ACART
    Amador County Fairgrounds (large and small animals)
    18621 Sherwood Street
    Plymouth, CA
    For Amador County residents only
    (209) 257-9444
  • Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek – Temporary Evacuation Point
    581 Hwy 49
    Sutter Creek, CA 95685


  • Douglas County Animal Services (small animal)
    921 Dump Road
    Gardnerville, NV
    (775) 782-9061
  • East to West Coast Grooming
    1368 Hwy 395, Unit B1
    Gardnerville, NV
    (775) 450-1743
  • Douglas County Animal Services (livestock)
    Douglas County Fairgrounds
    920 Dump Road
    Gardnerville, NV
    (775) 782-9061