South Lake Tahoe | Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate the southern shores of Lake Tahoe in California since Monday, a tourist area with a fire that has ravaged the area for more than two weeks.
The so-called Calder Fire, wildfires have already traveled more than 700 km2, Destroying several hundred buildings and releasing dense smoke that pollutes Northern California.
Due to persistent winds and severe drought, fires continue Monday south of the tourist town of South Lake Tahoe on the shores of North America’s largest alpine lake on the Nevada border.
“Conditions and fuels are historic,” Fire Commander Jeff Week told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’m going to put out these fires. But not today.”
The Caldor Fire is one of dozens of fires devastating the western United States, which has been hit hard by a prolonged drought that has been exacerbated by the effects of climate change. More than 7,000 km2 Vegetation is already burned, more than double the average at this time.
Thousands of residents had to flee the fires, often not even knowing when they would return or if their houses were intact.
“There was a knock on the door to warn me to get ready at 10pm last night,” South Lake Tahoe resident Corinne Kobel told the Sacramento Bee newspaper. “At 10 o’clock this morning, the police came to tell us to leave. I am shocked, ”she said.
In all, about 22,000 people were ordered to evacuate the area Monday morning.
An AFP reporter saw an endless line of vehicles attempting to depart from South Lake Tahoe.
Among these motorists was Mel Smoths, 74, who patiently faced his problems by playing the violin near his car. He has lived in Tahoe since the 1970s, but has not yet been evicted from his home by fire.
“With these recent fires, Lake Tahoe has changed. It will be like this every year from now on,” lamented the Septogenerian who was interviewed by AFP.
On Sunday, fires broke out on the slopes of fire bridges, where skiers usually enjoy winter sports. Ice cannons were used in an attempt to moisten the terrain and thereby prevent fires.
California Fire Chief Thom Porter said the blaze was about 80 km away2 When the cloud cover is disrupted overnight. “When the air comes out, it removes the lid on your hot pot,” it feels like a draft, he told Sacramento Bee.
“It’s the equivalent of fire,” he explained.
Further north, the massive Dixie Fire continues to expand, covering more than 3,000 km2 Since his departure, six weeks ago.
On Monday morning, in California alone, more than 15,000 firefighters battled the field against nearly a dozen large-scale forest fires.
Their number and severity have doubled in recent years in the western United States, and the duration of fires has increased significantly.
According to experts, this phenomenon is particularly associated with global warming: the rise in temperature, the rise of heat waves and the reduction of precipitation in places is the ideal incendiary cocktail.