Called Caldor Fire:-The forest fire has already covered more than 700 km2, destroying several hundred buildings and emitting thick smoke that pollutes northern California. Tourist Area Threatened By A Fire That Has Devastated The Region For More Than Two Weeks.
Thanks to sustained winds and extreme drought, the flames continued to progress on Monday towards South Lake Tahoe, a tourist town located on the shores of the largest alpine lake in North America, on the border with Nevada.
There was a knock on the door last night at around 10pm to warn me to get ready, ” South Lake Tahoe resident Corinne Kobel told the Sacramento Bee newspaper. ” And this morning at 10:00 am, it was the police who came to tell us to leave. I’m freaking out, ” she added.
In Total, Some 22,000 People Were Ordered To Evacuate To The Area On Monday morning.
An AFP reporter saw an endless line of vehicles attempting to exit South Lake Tahoe, idling, bumper to bumper.
Among these motorists was Mel Smothers, 74, who patiently took his troubles by playing the violin near his car. He has lived in Tahoe since the 1970s but had never been driven from his home by flames until now.
” With these recent fires, Lake Tahoe has changed. It will be like that every year from now on, ” laments the septuagenarian interviewed by AFP.
Sunday, the fire had roamed the slopes of Twin Bridges, where skiers usually indulge in the joys of winter sports. Snow cannons were used in an attempt to moisten the terrain and thus keep the flames at bay.
California Fire Chief Thom Porter said the blaze had grown nearly 80 km2 overnight as the cloud cover cleared. “ When the air comes out, it removes the lid on your pot of boiling water ,” which feels like a draft, he told the Sacramento Bee.
It’s The Same With A Fire, He Explained.
Further north, the gigantic Dixie Fire continued to expand, having engulfed more than 3,000 km2 since its departure six weeks ago.
Monday morning, in California alone, more than 15,000 firefighters were fighting on the ground against about fifteen large-scale forest fires.
Their number and intensity have multiplied in recent years in the western United States, with a marked lengthening of the fire season.
According to experts, this phenomenon is particularly linked to global warming: the increase in temperature, the increase in heat waves and the drop in precipitation in places form an ideal incendiary cocktail.