The decision to flee their mountain home overlooking Lake Tahoe was made possible on Thursday by the fact that Johnny White and Lauren McCauley saw flames on the webcam of their own ski resort.

Even as ash spewed underneath a cloud of heavy smoke, Johnny White and Lauren McCauley did not have a panic when they left their home near Echo Summit, some 16 kilometres south of Lake Alps.

“That’s what’s closing the window of opportunity we’ve had to make progress and really get hold of the fire,”Daniel Berlant

“That’s what’s closing the window of opportunity we’ve had to make progress and really get hold of the fire,” said Daniel Berlant, deputy head of the state fire department.

While the traffic is always busy on the freeway that surrounds the lake, famous for its transparency and the granite peaks that surround it, by bicycling and walking along its beaches, many of the tourists are wearing masks.

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)


Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire is an active wildfire burning in El Dorado County, California, about 15 miles southeast of Placerville. As of August 17, 2021, it had burned more than 30, (wikipedia)


Angora Fire

Was a 2007 wind-driven wildfire in El Dorado County, California. It started near North Upper Truckee Road subdivision near Angora Lakes, Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake and South Lake Tahoe (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)