Firefighters reported on Wednesday the progress of efforts to save communities during a large-scale forest fire near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in the western United States.
Tim Ernst, head of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told reporters that the firefighters were “lucky” when the wind did not increase as expected earlier on Wednesday.
Ernst said that as the fire slowed down as it approached Lake Tahoe, known for its ski resorts and beaches, progress was made in using bulldozers to create the line of fire.
However, the weather forecaster warned that throughout Wednesday, staff will still have to deal with gusts.
After the evacuation order in neighboring California was extended to Nevada, the fire reached the southern end of Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, forcing staff to scramble to prevent the fire from reaching the resort city of South Lake Tahoe.
Thick smoke from the so-called Caldo fire enveloped the resort city, which is basically empty during the usual busy tourist season.
The Kaldor fire has burned nearly 808 square kilometers and has been controlled by nearly 20% since it broke out on August 14. The fire has destroyed more than 600 buildings and threatened at least 33,000 buildings.
Thousands of firefighters have been fighting dozens of fires in California. In recent decades, due to climate change, California has become drier and warmer like other states in the western United States.
Scientists say these weather conditions will continue to make wildfires and extreme weather more frequent.
Part of the information in this report comes from the Associated Press.