As the Caldor Fire advanced toward South Lake Tahoe, California, on August 30, long lines of gridlocked traffic formed on Highway 50 as residents evacuated.
The Caldor Fire is the second wildfire in state history to burn from one side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the other. The spread of the wildfire led California Gov Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency for Alpine, Amador, and Placer counties.
The wildfire grew to 186,568 acres (about 290 square miles) with 15 percent of the perimeter contained by early August 31, official reports said. Fire officials are estimating that the fire will be contained by September 13.
This footage, released by Reno Fire Department Chief David Cochran, shows firefighting personnel protecting a structure at the Echo Summit Lodge in South Lake Tahoe on August 30. Cochran wrote, “Extremely proud of our personnel answering the call.” Credit: Reno Fire Department via Storyful