A Californian wildfire once regarded as unprecedented has once more exposed the devastation, this time from climate change, threatening idyllic Lake Tahoe.

Farther south, evacuation orders and alerts remained in effect for remote communities after a wildfire broke out Saturday and spread rapidly through Cleveland National Forest.

Cal State fire chief Thom Porter said the blaze had grown by more than 20.000 acres on Sunday alone – the biggest growth the inferno has experienced at this time since its start on August 14.

The race to escape the flames sent traffic meltdown on San Francisco’s South Lake Tahoe, just seven miles away, into a traffic nightmare Monday as thousands of residents and visitors were asked to flee the famed vacation town on a single main evacuation route.

Firefighters have been caught running after a fire broke out as they struggle to keep the fire under control as roads are reopened to traffic.

By Monday morning, the entire town of South Lake Tahoe and residents of areas along the south- and southwest coasts of Tahoma and the Nevada border had been urged to evacuate their homes immediately.

On one side-the skyscraper casinos on the Nevada side-and their gambling masses.

Fire officials took a moment to make clear that as improbable as it appeared weeks ago, the flames were pouring into the pool that so many Californians loved, but this is the new normal.

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)

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is a fire department of the California Natural Resources Agency in California, United States. (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)