California’s Caldor Fire is Threatening 2 More Ski Resorts

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Caldor Fire
The Caldor Fire boundary in proximity to Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly, and Kirkwood ski areas.

Although not out of the woods yet, the fire is still active in the resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort seems to be (so far) relatively unscathed by the Caldor Fire. However, Heavenly and Kirkwood appear to be next in the firing line, and both resorts are under mandatory evacuation.

The Caldor Fire has burned just under 200,000 acres and is 18% containedDue to high winds and humidity, the fire advanced east and northeast yesterday towards the California-Nevada state line, with Heavenly and Kirkwood in the way.

The fire is cresting the canyon ridge on the north side of Highway 89 and is headed for Heavenly Mountain Resort, officials said yesterday. Last night, the fire was three miles from Kirkwood, with firefighters trying to block it off at Highway 88 before it reaches the resort.

Staff at Heavenly have the snow guns blazing, dousing all major infrastructure in water and increasing the humidity in the air, a tactic that proved successful at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

The fire is expected to cross into Nevada within the coming days. Evacuation warnings for Douglas County, NV, have been issued, and states of emergency were declared yesterday in Alpine, Amador, and Placer counties in California and also in Nevada. Emergency declarations should help free resources to combat the growing fire.

“It is imperative that residents in the impacted areas stay safe and prepare to evacuate immediately if called for by local authorities. We thank all the heroic firefighters and first responders working around the clock to combat this rapidly spreading fire and to protect local communities across California this fire season.”

– Gavin Newsom, California Governor

Mandatory evacuations were issued for South Lake Tahoe on Monday, with the town’s 20,000 residents forced to flee.

A total of 3,904 personnel are tackling the blaze, including 415 fire engines, 92 dozers, 74 water tenders, and 25 helicopters.

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