Fire Near South Lake Tahoe Prompts Evacuations

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Crews are fighting a 200-acre wildfire off Highway 89 near South Lake Tahoe.

The fire began overnight around 1:30 a.m. Friday, has prompted a mandatory evacuation order for 500 homes north of Highway 89 towards Tahoe City.

So far, there are several communities under mandatory evacuations. These include  Spring Creek, Cathedral, West Shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Properties and Cascade lake.

Cal Fire says it’s a tricky fire to fight with winds blowing at least 35 miles per hour and some gusts reaching 70 miles an hour.

At this time, they have no aerial support because visibility is at zero.

Two evacuation centers have been set up by the Red Cross — one is at the Rideout Center in Tahoe City, and the other is the South Lake Tahoe Rec Center.

It was not immediately known what started the fire, but Friday’s forecast calls for strong winds that could make containment difficult.

There have been no reports of injuries.

The fire is currently at 25 percent containment.

Cal Trans has closed off Highway 89 to residents and visitors right at the 50-89 split.