Caldor Fire’s blaze places South Lake Tahoe under local emergency

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A local emergency proclamation was issued in the City of South Lake Tahoe on Thursday as the Caldor Fire continues to spread.

Last Aug. 21, the Emergency Operations Center was activated in South Lake Tahoe, the city said in a statement.

The wildfire that has already devoured a total of 136, 643 acres, as said by the Cal Fire, has caused toxic air quality over the past few days.

During that time, officials said that an evacuation warning or order has not yet been announced in the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Several local hotels have recorded cancellations, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority said. These hotels also house Highway 50 corridor evacuees and public safety officials.

Cal OES said that more than 24, 000 individuals have already been evacuated from El Dorado County because of the fire.

The visitor’s authority on Thursday evening recommended for visitors to reschedule any immediate trip plans they have as the conditions will still be placed under monitoring.

The authority said more data will be provided once it’s available.

“Tourists who still plan to come to the Tahoe Basin need to understand that the air quality levels are

extremely unhealthy, many of the beaches around the lake are closed, and some businesses have

temporarily closed,” the city told those who have immediate travel plans.

The dangerous conditions also called off a Lake Tahoe concert scheduled August 31 and September 1. It was supposed to be celebrated at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, KRON4 reported.

Everyone is urged to visit or to sign up for emergency alerts with El Dorado County Code Red, even though South Lake Tahoe is safe from the blaze. Checking the websites for air quality and the Cal Fire is also recommended.