Caldor Wildfire Force Casinos Shutdown at Lake Tahoe


Lake Tahoe’s gaming floors have been closed as the raging wildfire inches within three miles of the lakeside communities. The Caldor Fire has forced Lakeside casinos to close to the public, though the resorts will shelter firefighters, evacuees, and hotel employees.

Major resorts on the South Shore side include Hard Rock Lake Tahoe. Harrah’s, MontBleu Resort, and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. All these resorts are located on the Nevada-California border and have 2, 200 guest rooms.

With Labor Day weekend approaching, the South Shore Lake would be crowded by outdoor enthusiasts and gamblers in the casinos. Caldor Fire has altered the usual Labor Day activities at Lake Tahoe. Thousands of residents and tourists are moving out of the area, the majority heading to Carson City, 20 miles east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

According to Jim Dudley, a National Weather Service meteorologist, the winds are expected to subsidize in the next fear days. The Caldor Fire has already scorched 320 square miles of California day woodlands and brittle terrain. The fire originated in El Dorado County, and the cause of the fire remains unknown.

In its blazing march toward Lake Tahoe, the fire has destroyed 700 homes, and at least 33, 000 homes and structures are still threatened. On Tuesday, the fire was 25 percent contained. Although the wind is expected to calm down, Dudley says the low humidity means the fire remains a high risk.


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