Crews in California are battling desperately to contain the Caldor fire that is heading to densely populated areas around Lake Tahoe.

After flames licked the Tahoe Blossom basin, an army of nearly 4.000 firefighters are trying to stop the fast-evolving Caldor fire from spreading despite moving nearer to one of California’s most iconic vacation destinations, triggering new evacuation orders just below the Nevada state line.

Patrick Mack fled from South Lake Tahoe when the clogged car snouts broke free Monday.

Evacuated people, firefighters and other emergency services are staying at hotels.

During his escape, Mack’s two dogs were in front of him, his wife and her friend.

Windpowered nests are fomenting the flames, igniting wildfires up to a mile away from the main blaze and making it harder to forecast precisely where the next threat will erupt.

At the evacuation center in Gardnerville, Joe Gillespie said he, his girlfriend and their son had left their home in Meyers south of South Lake Tahoe on Sunday and brought clothes, picture frames and collectors items like 1960s Hot Wheels toys he felt Gillespie’s mother received.

Only down the windy road, South Lake Tahoe had been evacuated Monday, and stood deathly still, as ash swirled through the smoke, as snow flakes would in a winter mist.

Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. Lying at 6,225 ft , it straddles the state line between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. (wikipedia)

Mendocino Complex Fire

The Mendocino Complex Fire was a large complex of wildfires that burned in northern California for more than three months in 2018. It consisted of two wildfires, the River Fire and Ranch Fire, (wikipedia)


Sierra-at-Tahoe is a ski and snowboard resort in Twin Bridges, California south of Lake Tahoe. Sierra-at-Tahoe is approximately 16 miles south of Stateline, (wikipedia)

Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire is an active wildfire burning in El Dorado County, California, about 15 miles southeast of Placerville. By August 31, 2021, it had burned more than 191, (wikipedia)