South Lake Tahoe’s structures safe overnight from Caldor Fire’s ravage

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As the Caldor Fire further spreads to 5, 000 acres, no structures in South Lake Tahoe were damaged overnight Monday, a bit of pleasant update amid the disaster.

On Tuesday afternoon, CHP’s South Lake Tahoe offices said the structure was safe and no damage was reported.

The agency said in a separate announcement that South Lake Tahoe’s mass evacuation went “relatively ok.”

“We really appreciate the patience you all showed as we headed out of town,” the agency posted on Twitter. 

This good news still does not conceal what is happening around Meyers and Christmas Valley as officials said it continues to be devoured by fire.

The well-adored Highway 50 pit stops have continuously been under the fire’s threat, which is not showing any signs to halt while gusts can soar as high as 50 mph in some areas Tuesday evening.

According to ABC10 reporter Brandon Rittiman, a famed ski destination Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe has prepared its snow cannons for an expected rough night Tuesday. The strategy was also done by Sierra-at-Tahoe, which only got minor damage after a couple of nights.

Firefighters on the west side of the fire, meanwhile, struggled with explosions close to Sky Park Road that appeared to be positively fought by afternoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, a pyrocumulus cloud was spotted forming on the top of the South Lake Tahoe Areas, triggering additional worries that it can further fan the Caldor Fire, SFGate reported.

The gigantic fire cloud was seen at around 11 a.m. forming atop Tahoe and nearby areas, Alert Wildfire camera on Hawkins Peak showed. These clouds could further form into what NASA calls the “fire-breathing dragon of clouds”, or a pyrocumulonimbus cloud. The upward-moving heat is behind the formation of the said cloud – which can potentially bring winds and thunderstorms of its own.