Fire closes Emerald Bay State Park |

Fire closes Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park at Lake Tahoe has been closed to visitors because of the Angora Fire burning in the South Lake Tahoe area.

“We are asking people to understand the serious nature of the changing fire situation and that less than desirable conditions now exist in this area,” said Scott Wassmund, the acting Northern Division Chief for State Parks.

“While this park is not being directly threatened by fire now, highs winds could change that quickly. In addition, people need to know that with the falling ash and heavy smoke in the area, conditions are less than ideal for a vacation along this section of lake at this time.”

The park is located along Highway 89 on the southwestern side of the lake and has three main visitor sections: the Eagle Point campground, the Vikingsholm historic mansion and the boat-in campground. All are closed and campers were evacuated from the two campgrounds.

Only emergency traffic is being allowed within this area. This is strictly a precautionary move and there is no fire in or near the park.

Highway 89 is the main road along the west side of the lake leading to South Lake Tahoe and runs along the northern edge of the Angora Fire and a heavy volume of emergency traffic is using this road.

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