The Caldor Fire intensified over the Sierra this weekend, moving quickly towards Echo Summit and forcing heavy evacuations all the way into South Lake Tahoe. One area impacted heavily on Sunday night was Twin Bridges, with behind-the-scenes footage showing cabins up in flames near 8,000 feet elevation.
Video confirmation (above) shows significant loss in the popular elevated area above South Lake Tahoe, with homes burning in the area of Twin Bridges, near Sierra-at-Tahoe. Initial reports indicate the ski resort lost at least one building but was otherwise minimally impacted, including the ski lifts.
Here is a description of the video from Live Storm Media:
The Calder fire today created an afternoon fire storm which destroyed homes near Lake Tahoe on the summit of the sierra Nevada mountains in California. The wild fire jumped Highway 50 and tore into neighborhoods of Sierra Pines and camp Sacramento and destroyed property near the Sierra at Tahoe ski resort. The fire has advanced significantly closer to Lake Tahoe California today. Video is fire damage including homes and forest destroyed with clips of fire equipment waiting
More video posted to Twitter shows a similar scene:
CalFire released its updated evacuation orders on Sunday night, calling for mandatory evacuations just east of Echo Summit, including areas of Meyers and the entire Desolation Wilderness. The evacuations also put the entire southern region of Tahoe on edge as the tourist-favorite town of South Lake Tahoe, with its more than 20,000 residents, have now all been warned that a mandatory evacuation could be coming soon.
Here are the current evacuations as of 9 pm Sunday:
El Dorado County
Desolation Wilderness from the watershed ridge to the CA ENF/CA TMU wilderness boundary.
From the El Dorado/Placer county line to Echo Lakes.
Highway 89 south, from Luther Pass Road to the Pickets Junction (Highway 88). West on
Highway 88 to Kirkwood. South to include Kirkwood Ski Resort and Caples Lake.
El Dorado County
The remaining area of the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Alpine/El Dorado county line, north along
the California/Nevada state line to Lake Tahoe. North along the waters edge to the El
Dorado/Placer county line. West along the El Dorado/Placer county line to McKinney Lake.
Highway 88 at Forestdale Road. West of Forestdale Road and south to the Pacific Crest Trail
Crossing. West of the Pacific Crest Trail to the Summit City Canyon Trail. West of Summit City
Canyon Trail and south to the El Dorado / Stanislaus National Forest Line. El Dorado / Stanislaus
National Forest Line west to the Alpine and Amador County line.
South of Armstrong Summit to Woodfords to Forestdale Road, north of Highway 88 and Highway
89 to Armstrong Summit.
• A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating from the area at the Douglas County
Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV