With the Caldor Fire creeping towards Sierra-at-Tahoe, firefighters have positioned their equipment to defend the popular ski resort just west of South Lake Tahoe.
The wildfire that has essentially closed the Tahoe Basin has now grown to 156,515 acres with containment increasing to 19 percent on Sunday. With strong winds forecasted for Monday, fire officials are emphasizing the defense of structures in Strawberry, California and nearby Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Wraps were applied to the buildings in Strawberry over the past 48 hours as the fire approached. From the outset, it looks as through most of the buildings were saved from the flames.
On Sunday, representatives at Sierra-at-Tahoe relayed a message of strength to their followers.
“We are prepared to fight the good fight with fire crews + apparatus on-site,” wrote the ski park on social media. “No fire as of this morning, but as the #caldorfire creeps closer to Sierra, please send your prayers for protection for all fire personnel as they continue the battle to protect your Playground.”
The fire continues to move east towards South Lake Tahoe, with many residents in the area preparing for the worst. Tourism officials in South Lake Tahoe even asked visitors to stay home, with unhealthy air conditions and the threat of wildfire being top concern for locals. The evacuation routes of out the area are scarce and visitors will only increase the danger.
“Now is not the time to visit South Lake Tahoe due to the Caldor Fire,” wrote the City of South Lake Tahoe on social Media. “Smoke has filled the area with unhealthy air, and if evacuations need to take place the roads will need to be clear for residents.”
Outdoor events on the South Shore have been canceled or postponed due to the unhealthy air caused by smoke. Eric Church, Dierks Bently and Phish have all moved their Lake Tahoe shows.
“Our thoughts and gratitude go out to all the firefighters and first responders working tirelessly to keep our communities safe. And our hearts and hospitality go out to the people who’ve lost their homes,” said Carol Chaplin, CEO and president of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. “The current priority is the health and safety for our community and assisting firefighting efforts.”