A new terrifying video shows firefighters battling the raging Caldor Wildfire in Lake Tahoe, California. The Caldor Wildfire has forced thousands to evacuate their homes as it bears down on the popular tourist destination. A video of firefighters shows a sickening sight: firefighters fighting a battle against Caldor under bright red skies.
“Surreal video from a buddy. Tahoe in major trouble – Firefighters are certified badasses,” the person who posted the video wrote.
Firefighters are battling incredibly tough conditions with the Tahoe Wildfire with low humidity and gusty winds only expected to worsen. According to the AP, These firefighters make up some of the 15,000 firefighters tasked with battling the California blazes this year. Some crews from Louisiana had to leave to tend to another disaster, Hurricane Ida, back in their state.
Chief Thom Porter, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, talked about the hurricane-related snag in a statement. He described the hurricane as “another major catastrophic event taking place in the country and is a pull on resources throughout the United States.”
The brutal sight is becoming more of a regular as wildfires rage on in California. In fact, fire officials have closed all National Forests in California due to wildfires. Additionally, The Tahoe wildfire is one of 13 major wildfires in the state of California and one of the 85 across the country. The fires currently raging in the united states have burned around 2.5 million acres of land.
Tahoe Residents and Tourists Under Evacuation Orders due to the Tahoe Wildfore
Meanwhile, The Caldor wildfire is rapidly spreading. Both tourists and residents alike were forced to flee Lake Tahoe after evacuation orders went into place. The city hosts 22,000 residents on top of a massive population of tourists. One evacuee told AP how shocked he was when the fire actually started encroaching on his area by south Lake Tahoe.
“Before, it was, ‘No worries. It’s not gonna, it’s not going to crest. It’s not gonna come down the hill. There’s 3,500 firefighters, all those bulldozers and all the air support,’” he said. “Until this morning, I didn’t think there was a chance it could come into this area. Now, it’s very real.”
Overnight, the fire grew 7 miles in one direction and 8 miles in another. Chief Tom Porter cautioned California residents about the severe danger wildfires like the Tahoe Wildfire pose to the state.
“There is fire activity happening in California that we have never seen before. The critical thing for the public to know is evacuate early,” he said. “For the rest of you in California: Every acre can and will burn someday in this state.”
The situation is being closely monitored as heroic firefighters work tirelessly to keep people safe from not only the wildfire in Tahoe but from wildfires around the country.