Firefighters appear to have saved Lake Tahoe communities from the fast-moving Caldor Fire, thanks to a new tactic of clearing firebreaks further away from the advancing blaze, and a change in weather that eased the hot, windy conditions.
The San Francisco Chronicle noted:
The answer is as old as firefighting itself: adapt.
And that’s exactly what the 4,662 firefighters battling the voracious Caldor Fire have been doing for the three weeks it’s been laying waste to Sierra Nevada slopes on its march toward Lake Tahoe.
They’re jumping farther ahead of the blaze, aggressively clearing space around homes in hamlets like Christmas Valley south of the lake well before the flames get there. For the first time in Northern California, they’re using infrared-capable helicopters to drop water at