New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Thousands rush to flee Lake Tahoe resort city as fire nears


Thousands of people rushed to leave South Lake Tahoe as the entire resort city came under evacuation orders and wildfire raced toward Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake straddling California and Nevada.

Evacuation warnings issued for the city of 22,000 on Sunday turned into orders Monday. Vehicles loaded with bikes and camping gear and hauling boats were stuck in traffic, stalled in hazy, brown air that smelled of campfire. Police and other emergency vehicles whizzed by.

“This is a systematic evacuation, one neighborho­od at a time,” South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Travis Cabral said on social media. “I am asking you as our community to please remain calm.”

The new orders came a day after communitie­s several miles south of the lake were abruptly ordered evacuated as the Caldor Fire raged nearby.

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