The smoke had lifted this morning in Incline Village, as the wind was calm and firefighters had contained the Angora fire up to 40%. You could not see very far down the lake, and South Shore was not visible. The haze that settled in yesterday remained over the lake, although a few boaters ventured out to enjoy the warm temperatures and filtered sun. My thoughts were with those who had lost homes in the past two days, two of my fellow agents at Chase in South Lake Tahoe were among the unlucky.
At around 2pm, leaves started to rustle, the haze began to clear, only to reveal the plume of smoke starting to grow once again. The light breeze slowly built, and the smoke drifted to the northeast, building once again.
By 3:00, billowing smoke appeared again as a southwesterly breeze kicked up across the lake. The sky yellowed and within just a few minutes, made its way up to Incline Village.
The smoke darkened as it rose, and the large plume had drifted over the Eastern Slope of Incline Village by 4pm, partly obscuring the sun.
News reports state that there is now a flare-up about 3 miles from the origin of the fire, and now, the blaze has jumped a fireline nearly a densely populated area. Officials have evacuated residents of Tallac Village, as the fire jumped the containment line to the north. Winds are expected to build and hamper firefighting efforts in the next few days. Officials had hoped the fire would be fully contained Sunday.
The fire has now consumed more than 2,700 acres and 275 structures have burned, 200 of which were homes. Nearly 1,900 firefighters have been battling the fire since it began Sunday afternoon, near Angora Lakes.
Firefighters will continue to battle the blaze on the ground and in the air, hoping to keep the fire from spreading into more populated and commercial areas in South Lake Tahoe.