Lake Tahoe Evacuation Order Downgraded, Residents Return Home, Casinos Remain Closed


The Caldor Fire evacuation warning order at Lake Tahoe South Shore was downgraded over the weekend, allowing thousands of residents to return. But with the fire still burning, some casinos remained closed during the normally busy Labor Day holiday.

With Caldor inching near the alpine lake, residents and visitors were ordered to evacuate with the exception of the firefighters and some casino employees.

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Major resorts on South Shire include Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s, Harveys Lake Tahoe, and MontBleu. These hotel casinos are on the border of Nevada and California.

Hard Rock opened on Monday, but not in full capacity. The casino did not accept reservations, and table games and slot machines remained closed. The property also canceled all entertainment through 12th September.

MontBlue remained closed on Monday, and according to its websites, the casino resort is housing firefighters and evacuees’ team members. Caesars, Harrah’s, and Harveys also remained closed on Monday.

Fueled by drought-stricken timberland, Caldor scorched roughly 340 square miles of California forest and terrain. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The summer holiday would have ended well with indoors and outdoors enthusiasts. Instead, visitors and residents had to evacuate to nearby Carson City.