Unstable weather conditions thwarts firefighting efforts as blaze creeps to Tahoe region

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Weather elements are getting in the way of some 14, 000 fire crews in containing a dozen of massive wildfires across the state, including the growing one that is gradually moving towards the Lake Tahoe resort region.

In the next few days, winds and temperatures are set to rise and humidity to fall, which will be an added burden to firefighters who brave through uneven terrain.

“That’s what’s closing the window of opportunity we’ve had to make progress and really get hold of the fire,” assistant deputy director of the state firefighting agency, Daniel Berlant, said.

The blaze has devoured through mountains located in the southwest of Tahoe Basin, which is known to house recreational sites that entice tourists; as well as resorts and gambling places.

Couple Johnny White and Lauren McCauley have left their residence located above Lake Tahoe after they already saw flames at a local ski resort.

The two remained calm despite the raining ash. They were already warned on Thursday to flee their home close to Echo Summit, and they want to move ahead of time before the wildfire spreads further into their location.

“You don’t want everyone in the basin panicking and scrambling to try and leave at the same time,” McCauley said.

Firefighters are planning to position at the Echo Summit if the Caldor Fire continues to rage through in the Sierra Nevada.

“Everything’s holding real good along Highway 50,” according to Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Cody Bogan, as reported by ABC7. “The fire has been backing down real slowly … we’ve just been allowing it to do it on its own speed. It’s working in our favor.”

Across the country, the fire is already included in the almost 90 huge blazes. A dozen massive fires are burning in California. One of them has already devoured 18 residences in the southern part of the state, which, by far, has fled the blazes spreading in the north in summer.

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