Sunday night smoke update: Smoke casts heavy pall over Lake Tahoe Basin
Ryan Summerlin July 6, 2008
Though there aren’t any fires burning in the Lake Tahoe Basin this evening, a heavy drift of smoke from fires throughout northern California has cast a heavy pall on the region.
Several 911 calls to local police and fire dispatchers had fire departments searching for nearby fires, but, as of 7:22 Sunday night, all firefighters can report is dense smoke that has taken over the basin.
The last call tonight came in from the Lincoln Park subdivision in Douglas County where a citizen reported heavy smoke in the Cave Rock area where they thought it was a fire within the area. Tahoe Douglas firefighters searched the area and found nothing but the heavy smoke drifting from the Sierra into the basin.
Dispatchers from across the lake have been taking calls tonight from the west and north shores, inquiring about the heavy smoke and asking whether there are fires nearby.
According to CalFire, which is tracking all wildfires burning in California, the state has responded to the following counties:
Butte:The Butte Lightning Complex has burned 26,000 acres and is 50 percent contained.
Mendocino: The Mendocino Lightning Complex has burned 41,215 acres and is 45 percent contained.
Shasta and Trinity: The Shasta and Trinity Lightning has burned 53,600 acres and is 55 percent contained.
Lassen and Modoc: The Corral Fire has burned 12,500 acres and is 70 percent contained.
Humboldt: The Humboldt Complex has burned 1,275 acres and is 75 percent contained. The fires are burning throughout Humboldt County, with the largest fire, the Paradise Fire, north of Shelter Cove and is 925 acres and 75 percent contained.
Mariposa: The Oliver Fire is located in the Ponderosa Basin and is 2,789 acres and 100 percent contained.
Lake: The Walker Fire burned 14,500 acres and is now 100 percent contained.
Napa and Solano: The Wild Fire burned 40,000 acres and is now 100 percent contained.
Santa Clara: The Whitehurst and Hummingbird Fires burned a combined 994 acres and are both now 100 percent contained.
Tehama and Glenn: The Tehama-Glenn Lightning Complex burned 22,907 acres and is now 100 percent contained.
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