More than 15.000 firefighters battled 15 large wildfires across Northern California on Monday that continue to threaten the Lake Tahoe region.
After more evacuation orders were issued for the city’s 22.000 residents, the Caldor fire hurtled down Highway 89 and moved north along a ridge toward Meyers in South Lake Tahoe, a USA Today Network reporter noted.
In southern California, a section of Interstate 15 was closed Sunday afternoon after winds drove a new flame, known as the Railroad Fire, down lanes in Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.- As the Caldor Fire approaches scenic Lake Tahoe, flames jumped over a freeway and grew by miles on Monday as firefighters worked to put out the fire.
“To put it in perspective, we’ve been seeing about a half-mile of movement on the fire’s perimeter each day for the last couple of weeks, and today, this has already moved at 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) on us, with no sign that it’s starting to slow down,” said Cal Fire Principal Erich Schwab.
Thousands of people rushed out of South Lake Tahoe as the entire tourist city was evacuated and a groundswell blaze raged on the great freshwater lake Lake Tahoe spanning California and Nevada.