This week is the anniversary of the 2007 Angora Wildfire in Tahoe and I will be posting the series of first-hand articles I published during the Angora fire.
Outside, the air has been relatively still the past day and a half, the strong winds during the weekend and the early morning darkness of Monday morning have dwindled to the lightest of breezes. The lack of wind is both a blessing and a bane. Without the winds that typically rush down the canyons from the top of the Sierras, the
Monday afternoon without a fresh breeze feeding the blaze, the suction caused by the fire's consumption of oxygen from the surrounding air drew in a reversed breeze from the lake. While this breeze does fuel the flames, it had two beneficial qualities that aid in containing the forest fire. The backdraft breeze was very cool since it come from off the frigid waters of
There are a dozen helicopters and about the same number of slurry bombers spreading fire suppressant slurries and retardants on the blaze and across the front of the burn path.
Thankfully I am again reporting no serious injuries nor any deaths related to the Angora Wildfire. As of the time of writing, the fire has grown to almost 3000 acres or about 5 square miles (13 sq km). The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is reporting the fire as 40% contained this morning. The bad news is over 1200 people have lost their homes. 180 homes are currently listed as totally destroyed by the blaze and an additional 50 residences have significant fire damage. Public utilities in the area have been destroyed or shut down. Electric and phone lines are downed. Areas with natural gas have had service shut down. Many homes do not have natural gas but instead LP gas. The exploding propane tanks have made for spectacular footage for the film crews allowed into the fire, but also have added fuel to the blaze and sent dangerous shrapnel flying through the air. Many other homes in the immediate area have extensive smoke and/or water damage. There are many seasonal/vacation residences around the
The southern area of
Tahoe is a year-round holiday and vacation destination resort area. The crush of the summer season begins annually with the 4th of July weekend, which is only a week away. A wildfire such as the