December 3, 2021

‘Praying to God’: Caldor Fire forces thousands to leave South Lake Tahoe, but some residents not going yet

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KGO) — Thousands of Lake Tahoe residents have been informed they need to leave their houses because the Caldor Fire strikes nearer.

Police in South Lake Tahoe have been telling neighbors to leave Monday. Because the Caldor Fire moved nearer, officers have been going door to door.

“Sorry to bother you, this is an evacuation warning,” mentioned a police officer by means of a video doorbell system.

The obligatory evacuation created epic site visitors jams on all roads main out.

“The town’s crazy, we’re trying to get out safe,” mentioned one evacuee.

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“We cleared the property of gas and power tools,” mentioned Dave Painter.

Painter, from Novato, evacuated his trip home at Camp Richardson close to Emerald Bay. The home has been within the household because the 1940’s.

“Hopefully the fire doesn’t get near us, it it gets to Camp Richardson, it’s got nowhere to go it’s got to stay and burn, I pray to god it doesn’t happen,” Painter mentioned.

“At this time, we’ll watch, wait and see, we have an egress plan,” mentioned Kevin Cooper.

Longtime Tahoe resident Kevin Cooper says for now, he is not going. He lives beneath Echo Summit. But when flames get shut, Kevin says he’ll be prepared to leave.

“This is a big fire for Tahoe, it’s definitely a scary situation,” he mentioned.

South Lake Tahoe residents are praying that firefighters will hold their beloved neighborhood protected.

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