Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wildfire forces thousands to flee popular Lake Tahoe resort

South Lake Tahoe, California-The entire tourist resort city received an evacuation order. Wildfires spread to Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake that spans California and Nevada. Thousands of people hurriedly fled South Lake Tahoe.

The evacuation warning issued on Sunday for the resort city with a population of 22,000 became an order on Monday. Vehicles and tugboats loaded with bicycles and camping equipment meandered through the thick brown air, filled with the smell of a campfire. Police and other emergency vehicles roared past.

“This is a systematic evacuation, one block at a time,” South Lake Tahoe Police Lieutenant Travis Cabral said on social media. “As our community, I ask you to stay calm.”

The new order was issued a day after a community a few miles south of the lake suddenly ordered an evacuation because of the raging fire in nearby Kaldor.

Barton Memorial Hospital, a major medical institution in South Lake Tahoe, voluntarily evacuated 36 patients in need of skilled care and 16 patients in acute care beds on Sunday and sent them to facilities away from the fire. Public Information Officer Mindy Bev Say. After expanding the order on Monday, other parts of the hospital are being evacuated.

The chimney stands beside the Caldo fire
On August 29, 2021, a chimney in a home razed to the ground by the Caldo Fire along Highway 50 in the El Dorado National Forest, California. (Noah Berger/Associated Press photo)

The entire Lake Tahoe region of the Sierra Nevada is a recreational paradise for locals in the San Francisco Bay Area looking for weekend getaways and destinations across the country. The area offers beaches, water sports, hiking, ski resorts and golf courses.

South Lake Tahoe is located at the southern end of the lake. Outdoor activities are very lively. There is a casino near Stateline, Nevada.

Tamara Wallace, the mayor of South Lake Tahoe, prepares to leave the items given to them by her husband, youngest child, dog and their deceased parents-these items cannot be replaced.

She didn’t expect Kaldor’s Fire to be so close. The past fires did not spread rapidly near the resort city.

“This is just another example of how wildfires have changed over the years,” she said. “This is just the culmination of the dead trees from 14 to 18 years, the drought we have experienced since then, and things like that.”

The area faces a severe fire warning from the National Weather Service Monday to Tuesday.

On Sunday, the fire destroyed many houses along Highway 50, one of the main routes to the southern tip of Hunan. It also roared through the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort and demolished some buildings, but kept the main buildings of the base intact.

Flames churned in the mountains a few miles southwest of the Tahoe Basin, and heavy smoke caused tourists to pack. At this time, the summer vacation usually takes place before the Labor Day weekend.

It is reported that since 1984, Tom Fashinell and his wife had been running the unincorporated community hut of Echo Lake there, burned down. This summer-only resort offers cabin rentals, but was closed early by the US Forest Service order. Because of the ongoing wildfire.

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Facinel said he was fascinated by the local TV station. “We are observing whether this building can survive,” he said.

Water spray
Water spray
On August 30, 2021, when the Caldor fire at the Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort in the El Dorado National Forest in California burned, a snow machine sprayed water. (Noah Berger/Associated Press photo)

The last fire in the area surprised South Lake Tahoe after it was blown up from an illegal campfire in the summer of 2007. The Angola fire destroyed less than 5 square miles, but destroyed 254 houses, injured 3 people and forced 2,000 people to flee.

Since its outbreak on August 14, the Kaldor Fire has scorched 277 square miles. After intense burning over the weekend, the control rate dropped from 19% to 14%. More than 600 buildings were destroyed, and at least 20,000 buildings were threatened.

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It is one of nearly 90 fires in the United States. For many people in the west, burning trees and shrubs were sucked up by drought.

In California alone, more than 15,200 firefighters are fighting more than a dozen fires. This year, the fire destroyed about 2,000 buildings, forcing thousands of people to evacuate, while covering large areas of the west in unhealthy smog.

In Southern California, a section of Interstate 15 was closed on Sunday because high winds set off a new fire in the lanes of Cajon Pass in northeast Los Angeles, a railroad fire.

On Saturday, a wildfire ignited and quickly spread to Cleveland National Forest. Further south, evacuation orders and warnings for remote communities were in place. According to the California Fire Department, a firefighter was slightly injured. A 2.3-square-mile bushfire burned along the border between San Diego and Riverside Counties, and two buildings were destroyed. On Monday it was 13%.

At the same time, the Dixie Fire was the second largest fire in the state’s history, covering an area of ​​1,205 square miles, and was almost half contained about 65 miles north of the fire in the Lake Tahoe area. Since the start of the Dixie fire in early July, nearly 1,300 buildings have been destroyed, including nearly 700 houses.

The control rate of the French fire increased to 26%, covering nearly 40 square miles south of the Sierra Nevada. Staff protect the forest homes on the west side of Lake Isabella, a popular recreation area in the northeast of Bakersfield.

The U.S. Northern Army said in a statement on Saturday that the U.S. Department of Defense is sending 200 Army soldiers from Washington State to northern California to help firefighters. Eight Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130 aircraft capable of delivering thousands of gallons of flame retardant have also been sent to the west to extinguish wildfires.

Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Wildfire forces thousands to flee popular Lake Tahoe resort
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