California Lake Tahoe Basin Under Fire Warning

Defense Department sends C-130s to assist firefighting efforts.

The entire Lake Tahoe Basin is now under evacuation warnings as the blaze known as the Caldor Fire marches toward the populated areas of the picturesque Northern California tourist destination. All of South Lake Tahoe Basin was put under evacuation warning as of Sunday evening.

Firefighters face challenging conditions, including up-slope canyon winds that help fuel the fire. More than 3,000 firefighting personnel are battling the Caldor Fire, but its containment is only 13 percent. More than 168,000 acres have already burned and the fire has destroyed more than 650 structures since it was sparked two weeks ago.

Over the weekend, the Defense Department announced that 200 army soldiers have been sent from Washington state with equipment to help fight the fires in Northern California. Eight U.S. Air Force C-130s have been fitted to carry water so that thousands of gallons may be dumped on the fires.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the firefighters and U.S. army personnel fighting the wildfires.
  • For the people of the greater Lake Tahoe Basin to heed the evacuation notices.
  • For the need for rain in the states with ongoing drought conditions.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, AP


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