Tens of thousands of people fleeing South Lake Tahoe with wildfire teeth have returned home after eventually stalling the flame advance, just a few miles from the resort.
But officials say residents of the scenic woodlands on the California-Nevada border haven’t left the forest yet, at risk from smoky dirty air to militant bears. I warned.
Evacuation orders in South Lake Tahoe and other lakeside areas were downgraded to warnings on Sunday afternoon, and California Highway Patrol officials began removing obstacles along State Highway 50 from Nevada to the city border.
The threat of the Caldor fire has not completely disappeared, but downgrading to a warning allows you to return to your home, which was a smoke-filled ghost town, rather than a place of escape for Workers’ Day.
“So far, it wasn’t a crazy rush of cars,” South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Clive Savacool said in an evening briefing. “I’m glad to see people slowly flowing in just because it takes time to prepare the city.”
Savacool said authorities wanted to open an emergency room in a local hospital within 24 hours, and paramedics were deploying fire trucks for emergency medical care.
But he said people with health problems might want to consider moving away because of the smoky air.
Returnees need to have enough medicine and groceries to be self-sufficient, and a full petrol tank, according to Sabacourt.
“Your home is still safe,” Sabacourt said, as law enforcement agencies were still patroling.
But officials also warned that in the absence of humans, bears would go to town and spread the trash they had to pick up everywhere.
Anyone who suspects that the bear has entered the house, “the delicate balance between humans and bears,” should call the law enforcement agency, Sheriff El Dorado County Sheriff. Simon Brown said.
The lifting of the forced evacuation order in the Tahoe area erupted on August 14, miles of a fire fight on granite cliffs dotted with dense national parks, forests and trees of approximately 340 square miles (880 square kilometers). Showed the stone.Huts and settlements scattered in the northern part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
At its peak, the fire burned 1,000 acres an hour, effectively destroying a small community of grizzly bears last month.
However, the wind has recently weakened, allowing thousands of firefighters to take advantage of better weather to hack, burn, and rob firebreaks and contain 43% of their surroundings.
Most of the west and south sides of the fire were enclosed, but some areas were still off limits.
The house was never lost on the northeastern side of the fire closest to the lake, and the crew was able to carve more firebreaks along one end of the fiery finger.
The fire hadn’t progressed significantly for days, but there are still sections where the crew is struggling to expand the safe area and clear the hotspots, where evacuation orders can be lifted. I did.
“We are in the wilderness,” said Jake Kagle, chief of the fire department. “It’s just a tough ground. We’re defeating it. It takes more than two hours of hiking to get there.”
Douglas county officials said the fire could still threaten homes and urged residents to stay vigilant, but the evacuation order on the Nevada side of the state border was lifted on Saturday.
Dozens of wildfires have occurred in the last two months as drought-stricken areas have blown into dry vegetation exposed to hot, dry weather and wind in many parts of California and the western United States. ..
In California, nearly 14,500 firefighters were fighting 13 large-scale, vigorous fires. According to Cal Fire, more than 7,000 wildfires have consumed 3,000 square miles since the beginning of the year.
No deaths due to fire have been reported. However, officials said two people assigned to fire-related duties died of illness this week.
Marcus Pacheco, an assistant fire engine operator in Lassen National Forest with 30 years of experience, died on Thursday. According to officials, he was assigned to the Dixie Fire, which is burning north of the Caldor Fire.
Other details were not announced immediately.
The Dixie fire began in mid-July in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Nevada, and is the second largest wildfire in recorded state history. According to Cal Fire, it burned about 1,400 square miles (3,625 square kilometers) in five counties and three national parks and forests.
Retired firefighters hired to support a French fire died from complications of COVID-19, officials said. He was identified as Allen Johnson.
“Our team, the fire community, and the world lost great friends, mentors, teachers, and comrades last night,” said Facebook, posted last Wednesday by California Inter-Ministry Incident Management Team 14.
A French fire in Kern County burned about 41 square miles (106 square kilometers) and was 52% contained.
Due to fire concerns, all national forests in the state have been closed.
California has experienced ever-increasing and deadly wildfires in recent years as climate change has made the west much warmer and drier in the last three decades. Scientists say the weather will continue to be more extreme and wildfires will become more frequent, destructive and unpredictable.