Wednesday Update: Caldor Fire burns over 126K acres, 11% contained

Update 7:43 a.m. Wednesday:

The Caldor Fire has burned 126,182 acres and is 11% contained as of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire said in an incident report.

The number of residences destroyed increased to 461, according to the report.

Update 8:21 a.m. Tuesday:

The Caldor Fire grew to 117,704 acres, according to an incident report released by Cal Fire Tuesday morning.

The fire is 9% contained, Cal Fire said.

The number of residences destroyed increased to 455, with 34 structures damaged. Eleven commercial structures were destroyed along with 166 “other minor structures.”

Initially posted:

The Caldor Fire burning in El Dorado County has grown to 106,562 acres and is 5% contained, according to a Monday incident report by Cal Fire.

“Overnight downslope winds, low temperatures, and moderate humidity levels aided in slowing fire spread,” the incident report states. “Crews continue to encounter heavy down and drought-stressed fuels that are extremely receptive to spotting.”

The blaze started Aug. 14 and Cal Fire expects full containment by Aug. 31.

Two civilian injuries have been reported, according to Cal Fire. No fatalities have been reported at this time.

According to the incident report, 403 residences have been destroyed by the fire with another 26 reported as damaged. Six commercial buildings have been destroyed along with 148 “other minor structures,” the incident report states. Over 17,000 structures remain threatened.

Nineteen helicopters are working the fire, according to the report, along with 211 engines, 24 water tenders, 51 dozers and 37 hand crews. A total of 1,745 personnel are working the blaze, according to Cal Fire.

On Sunday, firefighters dropped 41,600 gallons of water and 17,400 gallons of retardant over blaze, Cal Fire said.

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