Expanded evacuations have hit the Tahoe Basin, with the growing Caldor Fire bringing an Evacuation Warning to South Lake Tahoe all the way to the Nevada border.
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.
The Caldor Fire is moving swiftly through the Sierra, currently burning near Echo Summit and Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. Officials remain determined to educate the greater Tahoe region on the importance of evacuating early, especially considering the lack of roadways out of the region. With Highway 50 and Highway 88 both closed due to the fire, there are currently only three roads to leave town. This could create a dangerous traffic jam in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
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.
â€¢ A Red Cross Shelter is open for those evacuating from the area at the Douglas County
Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV