LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak thanked emergency responders Tuesday and said the state will devote “every resource possible” as the Caldor Fire nears Lake Tahoe.
Jon Bakkedahl with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management said three shelters are currently full and the state is working to open more space as people evacuate the Lake Tahoe Basin.
No mandatory evacuations have been ordered on the Nevada side of the lake, and Sisolak said Douglas County officials would make any decision to order an evacuation.
Sisolak said, “This is serious folks. This is extremely serious.” He remarked that ash was visible on his black jacket and on dark clothing worn by members of the media in attendance.
Firefighters from North Las Vegas have been dispatched to help support the firefighting efforts.
Nevada National Guard Maj. Ondra Berry said more than 50 units were deployed and were providing traffic control support as people came off the mountain.
Division of Forestry Deputy Administrator John Christopherson said the fire conditions in the Sierra have produced the first two fires that have moved from the western Sierra all the way across to the eastern Sierra — the first time that had happened.
While Bakkedahl emphasized that conditions were changing rapidly, he said the predicted path of the fire is to remain in the Lake Tahoe Basin and move north, possibly on both sides of the lake.