Tahoe Wildfire Destroys At Least 165 Buildings

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  1. chicoliving

    chicoliving Former Member

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    (AP) SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. A wind-whipped wildfire destroyed at least 165 homes and other structures and scorched close to 2,000 acres just southwest of Lake Tahoe on Sunday, fire officials said.

    El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin House said the fire is less than 5 percent contained, but no injuries or deaths have been reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

    "This thing is raging out of control, and there's no estimate as to when that may change," House said.

    House said there are 500 more homes in the fire's path, and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has issued a declaration of emergency. Also, firefighters are protecting South Tahoe High School, which is threatened because it is located downhill from the site of the fire.

    http://cbs13.com/topstories/local_story_175185513.html


    I've been watching this all evening and its just getting worse!
     
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  3. Liz

    Liz I am not a chemist and this is not my 1st rodeo

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    Saw that reported earlier on news, and thought how awful for all those affected. Fires --- a scary thing!
     
  4. Shazza

    Shazza Former Member

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    Sorry to hear about this fire, hope your firefighters can contain the fire before it causes anymore damage to buildings, and prevent injuries to the people who live there.

    My prayers are with the People of South Lake Tahoe.
     
  5. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Oh dear. This is bad.
     
  6. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    I cannot believe it. That is a lot of damage and nowhere near contained.
    I do have a project in the area, but no sticks in the air yet..so I won't have problems. This is just awful.

    Carp, I forgot my partner keeps a house on the property we are building on. I have no idea if it is in the line of fire or not.
     
  7. Love_Mama

    Love_Mama Rest In Peace

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    I just called my oldest girlfriend (known each other for 65 yrs)........who live's in South Lake Tahoe, spoke to her 94 yr. old mom and she say's they think they'll get the fire under control today. They're about 6 miles South of the fire and they live on the 2500 block of Cris Street.

    The house's that have burned down are in a very exclusive part of So. Tahoe. My girlfriend's mom said that all the "Rich and famous" live there.

    xxxxxxxooooo
    mama
    :blowkiss:
     
  8. TheShadow

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    I am so hoping they get this under control. It's about 1 mile south of our vacation cabin and burning to the north, so it's headed right for our place if they don't stop it. My husband has been going to the cabin since he was 10 years old, he's 50 now. It would be the end of an era for our family and friends. So many good times had there. It makes me sick! It won't get to our cabin until it is less than a half mile from the lake shore. Cross all your appendages and pray if so inclined.
     
  9. Peter Hamilton

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    Its a shame to see this--Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful areas in California--lets hope they stop it quick before it does any more damage
     
  10. TheShadow

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    I feel like I'm going to be physically sick! It's only 9 (very small) blocks from our vacation cabin now. This is so awful. That area is so beautiful, and now it's going to be devestated. Even if the cabin doesn't burn, it will be terrible. I feel so bad for everyone losing their homes. I am having the worst visions of what's happening.
     
  11. Liz

    Liz I am not a chemist and this is not my 1st rodeo

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    Praying the fire doesn't reach your place, Shadow!
     
  12. TheShadow

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    They have all the highways into the area closed for now, so we won't even know for awhile. As long as they can stop it at highway 89, the cabin will be safe.
     
  13. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    The beetle infestation is what did us in here in the Big Bear area. Interesting info.
    I was able to track down the info..the property is 5 miles away so it is all good.
    How far is it in relation to Heavenly, ******? That is about the extent of my Tahoe knowledge as I have a time share there and only go up to snowboard.

    Thanks for all the info.
     
  14. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Yes and actually your map is helpful too.
    This is so awful.
     
  15. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll When I'm Silent, I make the most sense

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    Oh Shadow :( I will say a prayer that all will be well with your cabin..
     
  16. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    I am so sorry Shadow. I went through this with my Big Bear home a few years ago. I did not know until it was over if it was affected. It wasn't , but many homes in Arrowhead were
    Good luck Shadow.
     
  17. Seeker

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    I'm less worried about cabins and property than I am about lives being lost!

    This looks to be a multi agency coordination effort to contain and supress the fire. I just checked the nifc & geomac reports and it looks like they don't have an estimate on when they might reach full containment. It's pretty rugged terrain to work in.

    JBean, that bark beetle infestation is very extensive. We lost a lot of trees up here in the Sierra's from it. It's really devestating.
     
  18. Peter Hamilton

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    The movie MISERY(1991) with James Caan and Kathy Bates was filmed near the Lake Tahoe area that winter--The beginning of the film really shows how beautiful the area really is
     
  19. JDB

    JDB Tybee you will never be forgotten

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    That means it is getting close to Kingsbury ridge right? Or is my head playing games.
     
  20. JDB

    JDB Tybee you will never be forgotten

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    Thanks looks like the casinos will be safe at least
     
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    Prayers to all of you who have homes & family up there. Lake Tahoe is one of my most favorite places on earth; its actually on my list of places to retire to if I win the lottery. I've got friends scattered around the lake and so far none of them are affected.
     

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