The wildfires blanketing the southern part of Lake Tahoe are still out of control and have crossed the California border into Nevada.
“Dry, windy and hot conditions continue, not unusual during these months, but there have been some extreme fires moving north and northeast, prompting evacuations. We saw a fire crossing the Nevada state border yesterday afternoon,” said Tracy LeClair, Public Information Officer, Tamarack Fire Incident Command.
New voluntary evacuation orders have been issued in parts of Douglas County, Nevada.
The Tamarack fire, caused by lightning in Alpine County, California, has now expanded to more than 65 square miles.
The Fire Management Center said more than 1,200 firefighters were currently battling the blaze that had engulfed at least ten buildings.
So far there have been no reports of injuries.
An evacuation center has been set up at the community center in Gardnerville, Nevada. Among those evacuated was Morgana Le-Fae Veatch, who and her family were evacuated from their home in Woodfords, California.
He told Associated Press that most of his stuff was packed as he prepared to start college at Lake Tahoe Community College next week. He said his parents’ house, in the same location, was engulfed by the red rooster in 1987 in the fire known as the Acorn Wildfire. He doesn’t know if his house is still standing.
Meanwhile, 54-year-old Derek Rickford gets the news he’s been waiting for: that his Markleeville home is safe. He commended the firefighters’ relentless efforts to save his home and those of his neighbors in the mountainous interior.
Extremely dry conditions and recent heat waves linked to climate change have made it even more difficult to extinguish wildfires. Climate change has made the West much warmer and drier than it was 30 years ago, and will continue to make the weather there more extreme and forest fires more frequent and more devastating. [em/lt]