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Nevada receives evacuation warning, Caldor fire approaches Lake Tahoe

As the Caldor fire neared the California town of South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, authorities in neighboring Nevada began to prepare for the worst and issued their own evacuation warnings and road closures.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak declared a state of emergency in response to the blaze on Monday “in anticipation of the blaze moving from California to the state of Nevada in the coming days,” his report said. office.

Late Monday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office informed the following communities to be alert and start planning their evacuation if necessary:

  • Upper Kingsbury (North and South)
  • Kingsbury Center
  • Lower Kingsbury
  • Round Hills area and roads including Lower Elks Point
  • Lake village
  • Lower Olivers, Kahle Drive area and roads

The evacuation warning also includes areas from Highway 50 to Lake Parkway, east to Elks Point Road; and National Route 207 from Highway 50 to Tramway Drive.

“We are asking residents to be vigilant, to pay attention to emergency telephone alerts and to have a plan in place for potential evacuations,” officials said.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is also closing the following roads, although residents and employees who must enter the area to access their homes or work are allowed to do so, officials said:

  • Highway 50 westbound in the Tahoe Basin at Spooner Junction
  • State Route 207 westbound at Foothill Road
  • State Route 28 and Highway 50 Junction westbound

“On behalf of the State of Nevada, I want to thank all of our courageous first responders, local government agencies and non-profit entities who continue to go above and beyond to help our communities during the Caldor fire,” a Sisolak said in a statement. . “We will continue to use all of our available resources to fight this fire and help those in need. “

Southern parts of California’s Lake Tahoe Basin were evacuated on Monday as the blaze neared the famous resort. Thousands of residents fled, creating an hour-long traffic jam along Highway 50.

The blaze is caused by high winds, with red flag warnings indicating the potential for strong gusts at least Wednesday evening. Fire officials said they were very concerned that airborne embers could quickly ignite point fires beyond fire lines.

“We have very active fire behavior, stains and fires and very dry fuels in these drought conditions,” said Captain Brian Newman of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in an update on the ‘incident Monday night, “and we expect this active firefight to continue over the next two days under current weather conditions.