Monday, June 25, 2007

Fire Season in Full Swing

Driving home from dinner last night I saw a smoke head bellowing from the east. My first impression told me the fire was burning just over Sacramento Hill. I rushed home to grab my camera and run up Highway 49 to get some pictures.

I soon realized the fire was aggressively burning in the Lake Tahoe basin, to the north of the town of Meyers. As of the last update about 10:30 this morning, the Angora Fire had burned approximately 2,000 acres to the south and east of Fallen Leaf Lake.

The sad news is that it has consumed 240 structures. This includes 165 homes in the Washoe Basin area along Lake Tahoe Boulevard and North Upper Truckee Road. An additional 500 homes and business are threatened as the fire moves north toward the Tahoe "Y." Cabins along Fallen Leaf Lake's east shore are also threatened.

The photo looks north from Johnson Pass in more peaceful times. Twin Peaks stands watch (center of photo) over the Lake Tahoe Airport. The Angora Fire is burning immediately to the left of the photograph.

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