SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) – Facts about the fire-threatened communities around Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border:
– The Caldor Fire, named for the road it started on Aug 14 near the community of Grizzly Flats, about 35 miles from Lake Tahoe, had expanded to about 300 square miles (775 square kilometers) by Tuesday morning.
– There are more than 3,900 employees on the lines, with firefighters from Wisconsin and West Virginia coming to support the firefight. The U.S. Army also trained about 250 soldiers to work as hand crews who typically wander into forest fire areas using shovels and chainsaws to remove stones, leaves, bushes, and other combustible material.
– A total of 15,000 firefighters work on fires across the country, including the still-burning Dixie Fire. But states across the country are resource tied as many rescue workers have been deployed to help restore Hurricane Ida.
– About 25 helicopters throw water and fire retardant on the Caldor Fire. Numerous tanker planes help out when the smoky conditions let them fly.
– More than 400 fire engines are on fire, almost 100 bulldozers and over 70 water transport vehicles.
– At least 669 buildings have been reported destroyed, including 486 houses, although the census is ongoing as conditions allow for assessment. Another 40 were reported damaged.
Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California Office of Emergency Services.