December 8, 2021

‘Like Armageddon, it was terrible:’ Residents, travelers avoiding Lake Tahoe due to wildfire smoke

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KGO) — Communities within the Sierra are affected by not solely the specter of fires, however very unhealthy air high quality. Some individuals are actually touring to the Bay Space for reduction.

Others have cancelled would-be journeys to Lake Tahoe to keep away from the well being hazards.

“It just looked like Armageddon, it was terrible,” stated winegrower Phil Wente. Wente is describing the smoky situations he witnessed as he left Lake Tahoe Monday, making the choice to go away his household’s trip house per week early and head again to the Bay.

“Tried to do some outdoor activities and it was simply overwhelming, got to the point where even inside the house it looked like somebody had built a fire in the fireplace, closed the damper, and smoked out the house,” says Wente.

And that thought was echoed by some like James Hada, who escaped Reno’s harmful smoky situations and got here to San Francisco.

VIDEO: Lake Tahoe surrounded by thick, apocalyptic layer of smoke from CA wildfires

“When I left the AQI was like 350 or something, it was so smoky, it was burning my eyes,” defined Hada.

Different guests in San Francisco noticed these unhealthy to hazardous smoke situations, cancelled their Tahoe plans, and prolonged their keep within the metropolis.

“At Lake Tahoe we’re supposed to go like all over the lake, sightseeing, and then in the hotel there’s an amazing pool but we couldn’t go because of the smoke,” says 11-year-old Sunidhi Ajmera.

Ajmera and her household are from Lengthy Island, New York. They’d deliberate to go to Lake Tahoe, then drop off her brother for his second yr at Stanford College, however are actually spending the week in San Francisco.

VIDEO: Smoke from CA wildfires brings ominous, orange skies to Bay Space

Ajmera went on to say, “Then my dad said we could just stay here longer so I was like ‘oh good!'”

Whereas many are avoiding Tahoe and staying within the Bay Space, one tour information in Fisherman’s Wharf informed us their journey to the Sierra remains to be occurring this weekend and he or she purchased sore throat lozenges for the out-of-towners, who opted not to cancel. Hopefully a soothing deal with for what has been described as something however comfy.

“Monday late morning I went out by the lake and I looked around and I didn’t see a living soul, I didn’t see a boat on the lake. I have been going there my entire life over 60 years and I have never once felt the urge to leave as we were forced to do yesterday, it was so smoky, it was unbearable,” says Wente.