Caldor Fire Evening Update Aug. 30, 2021

Caldor Fire Evening Update Aug. 30, 2021

we begin with breaking news and thatnbreaking news crews working around the clock to stop the cow door fire fromnburning closer to South Lake Tahoe. Today, evacuations were ordered for alln22,000 people living in South Lake Tahoe people told to leave as thenwildfire threat burned closer. That fire has led to a huge evacuationneffort. Out of South Lake Tahoe is 22,000 people were ordered to get outnlive copter three was over the fire earlier today, you can see the flamesnshooting from the trees. They’re sending thick smoke high into the air.nThe fire has burned more than 186,000 acres, Just 15% contained. More thann470 structures have been destroyed and tens of thousands more are stillnthreatened. Here’s a map showing which areas are under evacuations. All of thenplaces you see they are shaded in red are under mandatory evacuations. Whilenthe areas in yellow are under evacuation warnings, you can find anfull list of those running at the bottom of your screen and on ournwebsite, K C R H dot com. So we want to show you what it looks like thisnmorning. This was South Lake Tahoe people trying to get out. This isnHighway 58 ski run boulevard, pretty much gridlock on highway 50 thisnafternoon that traffic did start to move around 3 30 in the afternoon. Sonhere’s what that traffic looks like. Also earlier today, at the CalifornianNevada state line, the line of traffic against slowly making its way out pastnthe casinos. They’re law enforcement from both California and Nevada helpingnwith traffic control, Just helping folks get out of the area as quickly asnpossible. And then take a look at this. The city of South Lake Tahoe after thatnvirtually empty the city of 22,000 people as well as tourists forced tonevacuate ahead of the flames. And we do have live team coverage of the firenchief meteorologist Mark Fine and tracking the conditions that crews arendealing with. But we begin with Britney, hope she’s live on Highway 89. There is,nshe’s one mile south of Highway 50 and Myers. So Britney, what do you seenwhere you are? You know, when, when law enforcementnand officials tell people to evacuate and they closed down the highways. Thisnis exactly why because this fire is moving fast down this ridge towardnMyers right now, I’m going to step aside in just the past 30 seconds,nthose logs right there have completely flared up tall flames. You have tonguess those are at least 30 40ft tall that are just scorching through thatnlog and timber. This is the entire side, the entire ridge of Highway 89. Rightnnow, that’s exactly east of Highway 89 and about a mile south of Myers andnwe’re just giving you this full panoramic shot right now of how quicklynthese flames are moving down this ridge to give you a little bit more contact.nSo again we are you’re looking east right now, this is one mile south ofnMeyers were rights right in the middle between Myers and christmas Valley. Ohnalan can we bring the camera back a little bit this way it looks like we’rengetting some more flames down here. You can just tell where we are right now.nThis is land with a lot of trees and a lot of brush so all of this is justncatching and it’s catching fast, you can feel the heat and we can hear thensizzle of those flames right now we drove around a little bit before thisnlife hit just to get a better picture of where Meier stands and wherenchristmas Valley stands right now christmas Valley less than half a milensouth of where we are. Those flames similar scene here but instead therenthere are homes there. So we were seeing those flames just come withinninches of those homes, ground crews digging lines watering down homes,ndoing everything they can to save the few blocks of homes that are there anlittle bit to the north, a bit closer to the Myers area. The same scene therenas well. These flames are climbing down the ridge there and there is somenstructure protection going on there as well. I’m not sure if you can hear itnthrough the microphone but wow we can hear the sizzle of those flames thatnare moving. If you’ve been tuning in with our case er coverage all day.nYou’ve heard Mark talk a lot about hotspots, fire and the winds, we arenseeing the winds in action. So 30 minutes the winds were blowing a lotnmore east there now blowing north, pushing a lot of those flames closer tonthe Myers area and you can just see that In the licks of the flames therenthey are all moving northbound right now. Again, if you’re just joining us,nwe are a mile south of Myers along Highway 89. I do want to Alan kind ofnshow the other part of the highway here. So this is walking more west, you cannsee a lot of orange in the sky there, there are a few neighborhoods downnthere as well and we have seen fire trucks kind of go down in there and donsome structure protection as well. We know the fire is also burning on thenother side which is creating that orange haze right there. But here onnthis side, I mean it is just growing and it is just climbing down this ridge,nthat spot really back there just just since we’ve been on there has justncontinued to move a little bit more south toward the highway. Um Cruznreally are a little bit south of us, a little bit north of us doing thatnstructure protection. We found this area because it’s safe and it has goodncell service. We are able to kind of show you the fire activity but show itnto you live. Um, and be safer. That is for sure. We’re gonna drive around anlittle bit after this hit to go check on the Christmas Valley area and onnMyers to give you a more updated outlook on that. But about 20 minutesnago again fire crews doing structure protection, everything we can becausenwe saw those flames coming within feet of homes and structures in both ofnthose towns. So we’ll make sure we keep an eye on this for you as it inchesncloser and closer to highway 89 back to you guys. Alright, KcR three is Britneynhope reporting live for us. Bernie, thanks a lot for that live report. Wellnlet’s go to chief meteorologist Mark Finnan right now following all thisnwith us and we know this is where the ground crews make a difference. Yeah.nAnd you know in today’s the day that we are worried about about the firengetting from the west slope over into the Tahoe Basin. We had enough wind tondo that during the day. Today. This is the footprint the perimeter of the firenif you will. But just one thing this map has not been updated since fourno’clock this afternoon But still you can see how the fire was making its waynup highway 50 and toward the Echo lakes area. I also want to show you thenamount of growth we have seen in the last couple of days. This outline herenthat we have in yellow. This was the fire perimeter on saturday. If you werenwith us on saturday, that was when we were starting to see the fire creepninto the strawberry area. And then yesterday it started going into thenarea around camp Sacramento and her around Sierra at Tahoe. So all of thisnis the new growth. Let’s focus on the area closer to where Britney was. Sonthis afternoon we started seeing the spot fires come down the hill a littlenbit and then this evening we started seeing the spot fires on the other sidenof Highway 89. So we’ve been focused tonight on Highway 89 Christmas Valleyndown in here. And so it appears as though the fire is not only creepingndown this hill, but it’s already spotted onto the other side of highwayn89. Well, we know that’s happened. We’ve seen the fire on the hillsidenhere. And again, it just hasn’t been mapped yet. And then we’re also seeingnthe flames make their way over this hill here. And so now we’re gettingninto the area around Myers. If you’re familiar with that area, this is wherenthe agricultural checkpoint is right here. This is the Tahoe Paradise Golfncourse and you can see up from there. These are all neighborhoods that arenbuilt up on the hill and we already have flames burning in that area. Let’sntalk a little bit about the wind Britney was just mentioning and this isnthe wind we’re going to have tomorrow. So here’s where we have the flames andnyou can see the wind direction that’s not favorable. It’s going to be gustynagain tomorrow and it’s taking it parallel to if not toward south shore.nReally like to see it going a little bit more this way where there isn’tnmuch up here. But yeah, I don’t like that wind speed or direction that we’rengonna have tomorrow. Back to you All right, Mark, thank you. And a lot ofnpeople who have evacuated have headed to evacuation centres. There’s one innCarson city at the community center there. We talked to some of thenevacuees there who had to get out quickly today. The house burns. I’mnback to zero game over. You know, start from square one again. So it’s it’s gotnan empty spot in my heart right now. It’s just but you see it there it goesnright there, it’s all up in smoke. Hello? Have you ever had to evacuatenfor a fire before from south like uh Yeah the the other fire uh the AngoranRidge fire did. Oh yeah, I was standing between as close as me and cameramannhere. That thing went through like a freight train fast. It was blowing fornthree or four days straight real hard. It lit up and it took off. Things arenblowing up, these little shocks you got gas cylinders of them. They blow up soneverything he hears bam bam bam bam train sounded louder than a train goingnthrough the wind was blowing. That was real scary. Didn’t hit home untilnthings that they started uh uh moving the yellow zone a little bit closerntowards us. And then and then we when we got the warning that’s when itnreally hit home uh um You think it’s going to go away but it doesn’t. So sonwhen when were you told officially to evacuate? How long did it take you tonget out? You said he hit some traffic. I was at work at uh it was about 10:40 and I called thenBoston told him that I got the alert evacuate. She sent me home and uh wenfinally got the last part of our stuff all packed up and get out of there atnnoon and and it took us just to go about a mile and a half it took usnalmost an hour today Governor Newsom expanded thennumber of counties under states of emergency orders because of the cowndoor fire. The new counties include alpine, Amador and plaster counties. Anstate of emergency was declared in El Dorado County earlier this month. Thengovernor also signed an order concerning the upcoming Californianrecall after questions from K. C. R. A. The emergency order allows emergencynworkers including firefighters and hospital workers to use provisionalnballots if they can’t make it to their home precincts. Remember we first toldnyou about the concerns from one county registrar on friday. They said ournreport triggered this movement And for those in South Lake Tahoe wanting tonvote in the recall election, elections officials say they are temporarilynclosing the ballot boxes. The county wants to make sure they can retrievenballot so you’re being asked to mail your ballot or wait to to vote innperson closer to the election. September 14. Meanwhile, the governornof Nevada declared a state of emergency there today. He made the announcementnin a tweet while thanking brave first responders, local government agenciesnand non profits who continue to go above and beyond. During these what hencalls trying times with all the devastation unfolding. Many viewersnhave been asking just how they can help. Earlier today we spoke with kim malesnof the american Red Cross, he told us that the number one thing you can do tonget the best things people can do is givencash. Some people often think of in kind donations of goods and servicesnand what have you and those are appreciated but they’re hard to processnthrough the logistics system that we have when we have cash we cannimmediately turn that into AIDS. Well there you have it as of sundaynnight, the Red Cross says it’s operating 20 emergency shelters andncampsites, Nearly 500 people being sheltered. 325 disaster respondersnsupporting current relief efforts as well. Red Cross and partners havenprovided some 36,000 plus meals, 2400 relief items given out and financialnassistance has been provided to more than 1700 people who are wildfirenvictims. We have also been getting a lot of calls about the status of campnSacramento. This morning, we heard from the camp manager, we are told CampnSacramento is safe and for the most part it appears to have escaped firendamage. Over the weekend, we saw fire crews station around camp Sacramentonready to defend that area. That work appears to have paid off. And earlierntoday we had a chance to speak with an assistant professor at the Universitynof Nevada Reno researching wildfire weather and smoke plumes. This is whatnProfessor Neil Laroche showed us. It’s a dimensional rendering of ancombination of hotspots detected from infrared aircraft observations. This isndata from the cal door fire. On sunday evening, it shows a large plume comingnoff the head of the fire. Over echo summit. You see the structure ofnupdrafts, which is kind of the upward trajectory where the ashes tending tonfall out right across the highway. There. The more intense colors on yournscreen is the core of the plume that means there is more and more materialnand debris that’s being lofted up into the plume then dropped back down to thensurface. That’s the danger zone, according to the professor because somenof that material may still be burning which then has the potential to ignitenthe spot fires. They’re kind of the mechanism by which the fire throwsnembers out in front of itself, those updrafts and those winds coming out ofnthe plume toss those embers for in advance and can cause rapid progression.nSometimes very dangerous progression. Um And has a lot to do with wildfiresnlike this. Are able to elude all the control lines put in place. All thenhard work that the firefighters have been doing well. Professor Larose says thatnresearchers are focusing on the potential for some of those long rangenspots coming out of the fire perhaps jumping into the new terrain and thennpropelling that fire forward. The U. S. Forest Service is temporarily closingnall California National forests for public safety. Previously closed ninenof them as wildfires burn in nearby areas. The expanded closure goes intoneffect tomorrow night at midnight and goes through September the 17th
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