South Lake Tahoe fire forces evacuations |

South Lake Tahoe fire forces evacuations

More than 500 structures were threatened by a 200-acre fire burning near Emerald Bay and the Cascade Lake region of South Lake Tahoe.

According to Brice Bennett, Public Information Officer with CAL FIRE Amador El Dorado Unit, a wildfire was reported at 1:33 a.m. Friday.

Very strong winds ahead of the incoming storm system were fanning the fire in different directions resulting in dangerous rates of spread, fire spokesman Bryce Bennett said Friday morning. Heavy precipitation was occurring over the fire and the wind was impacting firefighting operations, Bennett added.

A unified command was established with the USFS, Lake Valley Fire, and CAL FIRE.

Firefighters were performing structure defense in active fire areas. Highway 89 from Camp Richardson to Vikingsholm.

Incline Middle School was being used as an evacuation center for residents displaced by the Emerald Fire.

Currently no structures have been lost due to the Emerald Fire; 500 homes have reportedly been evacuated.

As of 5:15 p.m., the fire was reported at 210 acres and was 80 percent contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Forward progress of the fire has been stopped, but there are a large number of hazardous trees along Highway 89 and around homes. Crews will be working when safe to remove those hazards before Highway 89 is re-opened.

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