California wildfire threatens popular tourist attraction Lake Tahoe

California wildfire threatens popular tourist attraction Lake Tahoe
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A massive wildfire that has burned through more than 100,000 acres in California is now making its way toward a popular tourist attraction.

The Caldor Fire is approaching Lake Tahoe, which is already shrouded in smoke and ash, during a time when the California vacation spot peaks in visitors, according to Trip Savvy.

The tourist attraction has roughly 15 million visitors every year, with visitors reaching up to 300,000 on the lake's busiest days, according to Tahoe Fund.

Although evacuation orders have not yet been given to the city of South Lake Tahoe, the local fire department is closely monitoring the situation.

"The City Manager has issued a proclamation of local emergency to allow for greater flexibility in our response to the Caldor Fire incident," the City of South Lake City Tahoe Government posted on Facebook. "The City of South Lake Tahoe continues to be outside of the evacuation warning and order areas."

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The Caldor Fire started in Omo Ranch on Aug. 14 and has spread to over 140,000 acres. As of Aug. 27, only 12% of the fire is contained, California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports.

"The fire experienced short-range spotting that aligned with nighttime flow patterns producing several new ignitions within the control lines," CAL Fire wrote. "Additionally, passive crown fires were common in the Northeastern, and Eastern areas of the incident. Critical fuel conditions, steep and rugged terrain still present a challenge for firefighters."

With the fire heading toward the Nevada border, firefighters plan to make a stand at Echo Summit if it continues to burn through the Sierra Nevada forests, the Associated Press reported.

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Wildfires have sparked up across the West, including California and Nevada, throughout the summer.

More than 1 million acres of land have been burned across California. The Dixie Fire, which remains active, has scorched the majority of the acres since July 14.

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Original Author: Asher Notheis

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