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Tahoe City Fire- West Shore, Lake Tahoe

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

At about 1:30pm on Saturday, August 18, a house fire spread to a 5 acre brush fire south of Sunnyside, near Tahoe City. the fire is located between Pineland Drive and Washoe Way, Three structures have burned , evacuations have started for Talmont and Sequoia avenue and Highway 89.


Smoke is billowing from the fire, with an orange glow. Viewing the fire from Incline Village, the smoke is very close to the lake shore. For residents living north of the fire, this is a scary scenario, as winds are blowing about 25 mph from the south- southwest. Keep posted and take head any new evacuations.


These are photos taken at about 3pm from Incline Village beach.

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Tahoe Angora Fire Fully Contained

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Firefighters have fully contained the Angora fire, which burned for more than a week, devastating 3,100 acres and 254 homes in the South Lake Tahoe area. The fire was believed to be accidentally started from an illegal campfire near Seneca Pond that got out of control. Residents evacuated from the area have been able to return home, but a large area of forest that burned is off-limits to the public for the time being. Cleanup and recovery now begins for the hundreds of residents who lost their homes to this early season fire.

Firefighters Make Progress in Tahoe Fire

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Today, firefighters were able to further contain the fire in South Lake Tahoe, that has burned 3,100 acres. Forecast winds in the are did not materialize locally, giving firemen the edge they needed to make headway on the blaze. The fire is now 55% contained, and estimated to be fully contained by July 3.

The official count for homes lost stands at 229, with 13 other homes damaged. There are 3,000 evacuees, many of whom can not return to homes as downed power lines and unstable ground pose hazards such as falling rocks and trees. One firefighter was injured when a boulder rolled down a mountain side and broke his hand.

The forecast winds for this evening are light, and the night crew should be able to maintain headway made today. The night crew is kept out of dangerous and unstable areas where they can not see falling rocks and trees, so the number of men is much smaller than the daytime fire fighting unit.

The sad aftermath of the fire is the threat to water quality of the lake. If a 30 year storm event were to occur before crews are able to come in and stabilize the watershed, sediment will be transported to the lake, and contribute to algae growth. $5 million dollars have already been spent fighting the fire, to date, with cost estimates to grow considerably.

News Conference on Tahoe Fire 6:30pm Tuesday

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

This afternoon, the Tahoe fire spread downslope towards Highway 89, reaching within one mile of Lake Tahoe. The fire has now burned over 3000 acres and is 44% contained.

At about 2pm, winds began to build and a spot fire from the burning crown of a tree jumped the fireline, trapping two firefighters. The two men took shelter in their reflective tent for an hour in the center of a green field. There whereabouts was unknown for an hour until they were found, shaken, but not harmed. Without the tent, they would have perished from inhaling the superheated air into their lungs.

The extremely dry conditions make spot fire from burning trees a real threat to the spread of the fire, as embers from these crowns have reached as far as the Lake and the opposite side of South Lake Tahoe to the golf course past casinos.

This afternoon’s flare-up was contained when 500 fire crew joined the fight against the blaze. 1,880 ground crew are fighting the fire, with 1,400 of them allocated to day duty.

The fire is now anticipated to be contained by July 3rd, due to the stronger than expected winds forcast over the next four days. Winds over 20 mph are a concern to the spread of the fire, and winds of 30 mph+ are forcasted.

The smoke will settle in over the Lake tonight, as downslope winds will create an inversion. The biggest concern is that the fire may spred north up towards Tahoe City, and to the southeast into South Lake Tahoe. Please stay tuned to local news alerts in case of any further evacuations.

Lake Tahoe Fire Flare Up- Jumps Fireline

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Tahoe fireThe smoke had lifted this morning in Incline Village, as the wind was calm and firefighters had contained the Angora fire up to 40%. You could not see very far down the lake, and South Shore was not visible. The haze that settled in yesterday remained over the lake, although a few boaters ventured out to enjoy the warm temperatures and filtered sun. My thoughts were with those who had lost homes in the past two days, two of my fellow agents at Chase in South Lake Tahoe were among the unlucky.

Tahoe fire growsAt around 2pm, leaves started to rustle, the haze began to clear, only to reveal the plume of smoke starting to grow once again. The light breeze slowly built, and the smoke drifted to the northeast, building once again.

By 3:00, billowing smoke appeared again as a southwesterly breeze kicked up across the lake. The sky yellowed and within just a few minutes, made its way up to Incline Village.

Angora Fire over Lake TahoeThe smoke darkened as it rose, and the large plume had drifted over the Eastern Slope of Incline Village by 4pm, partly obscuring the sun.

News reports state that there is now a flare-up about 3 miles from the origin of the fire, and now, the blaze has jumped a fireline nearly a densely populated area. Officials have evacuated residents of Tallac Village, as the fire jumped the containment line to the north. Winds are expected to build and hamper firefighting efforts in the next few days. Officials had hoped the fire would be fully contained Sunday.

Angora fire obscures sunThe fire has now consumed more than 2,700 acres and 275 structures have burned, 200 of which were homes. Nearly 1,900 firefighters have been battling the fire since it began Sunday afternoon, near Angora Lakes.

Firefighters will continue to battle the blaze on the ground and in the air, hoping to keep the fire from spreading into more populated and commercial areas in South Lake Tahoe.

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