Tourists are being cautioned as a massive wildfire threatens Lake Tahoe, a popular vacation destination in the United States.
VISITORS to Lake Tahoe have been greeted by evacuation notices on the Nevada/California border as one of the year’s most destructive wildfires rages across the state.
Yesterday, evacuation advisories on Lake Tahoe were upgraded to orders as the tourist resort’s 22,000 residents attempted to flee a deadly fire that had been burning for weeks. The Caldor Fire, assisted by wind and dry weather, is advancing on the area, prompting residents to flee. Many residents have sat in delayed traffic with their most expensive belongings, attempting to flee.
The fire started in mid-August and is just 15% contained, according to Cal Fire.
Local “gusty and unpredictable” winds have pushed the fires from their source between Omo Ranch and Grizzly Flats all the way to California’s major highway, Highway 50.
According to authorities, the fire has destroyed 664 structures totaling 186,568 acres (291 square miles), including both residential and business sites.
It has also caused damage to another 39 homes as it spreads across the state.
Since the fire broke out on August 16, they’ve confirmed five injuries but no deaths.
The flames have not yet crossed the California/Nevada border into Lake Tahoe’s famous tourist destination.
However, most counties east of Sacramento have been issued a “red flag” warning because of the imminent threat.
People in Lake Tahoe’s surrounding communities have been advised to leave gradually, according to the latest advisories.
El Dorado, Alpine, and Amador counties are currently under evacuation alerts and orders.
Despite the fact that hundreds of automobiles are stuck in traffic, Lake Tahoe police have taken a methodical approach to the situation.
Lieutenant Travis Cabral of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said his department had chosen a “systemic” withdrawal.
As authorities evacuated one neighborhood at a time, he implored residents to “please remain calm.”
Local medical facilities, such as the Barton Memorial Hospital, are among those being evacuated.
Since Sunday, staff at the center have removed 36 patients who require skilled nursing and another 16 who are in acute care beds.
While the threat continues, they have relocated to regional facilities.
People should be aware of the growing frequency of deadly fires spanning 100,000 acres, according to fire chiefs.
Cal Fire Chief and Director Thom Porter cautioned that his department has “never seen” anything like this before.
He stated in a letter to California’s 39 million residents that “every acre” of the state “can and will burn eventually.”
Currently, there are dozens of active fires. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”