In El Dorado County, the Caldor Fire rains ash on homes like snow

The Caldor Fire brings a darkening smoke-scape over El Dorado County. Photo by Ken Magri

Numerous Sierra foothills homes, recreation areas and wineries are now threatened

Photographs by Ken Magri

After wreaking devastation on the El Dorado County community of Grizzly Flats, the Caldor Fire continues to grow and spread, triggering mass evacuations from the town of Pollock Pines, as well as homes and cabins all along the popular Sly Park Recreation Area. Dozens of wineries in El Dorado and Amador counties have also been evacuated, particularly near the areas of Fairplay and Fiddletown. As of Thursday morning, the Caldor Fire had burned more than 65,000 acres and authorities had zero containment of it.

Ash and embers blanket a cabin near Kyburz that was built in 1917. Photograph by Ken Magri
A truck filled with memories prepares to evacuate the Kyburz area of El Dorado County as the Caldor Fire nears. Photo by Ken Magri
The 35 Milestone marker, an old Pony Express sign indicating the distance to Placerville, stands under a thick fog of smoke. Photo by Ken Magri.
Residents of El Dorado County flee the Caldor Fire on open roads. Photo by Ken Magri.
A “Thank you firefighters” note left in an empty PG&E box near Kyburz. Photo by Ken Magri

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