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Protell, her husband and two young daughters are sitting outside against a horizontal tree log for a family photo. There is dry vegetation in front of them and green trees behind them, which are out of focus.
Courtesy of Tracy Protell

Firefighters are continuing to make progress on the Caldor Fire, which is a relief to many in South Lake Tahoe. At the end of August, the community evacuated, including the area’s hospital, Barton Health. It took about two weeks before the hospital became fully operational again.

It’s an already challenging year for health care providers who are grappling with a pandemic. Barton psychiatrist Tracy Protell shares how she managed professionally and as a parent.

A sandy beach that touches the edge of Lake Tahoe. There is smoke in the sky, which is causing trees and mountains in the background to be difficult to see. The smoke is also creating a sepia-like tint over the photo.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

News Brief

There's growing evidence that the traditional public health advice of staying indoors during smoky days is not enough to stay safe. Smoke and its particulate matter are getting into our homes, schools, and office buildings.

Higher elevations like mountain tops usually have more moisture, and fires historically hadn’t burned there very often. But that’s changing rapidly.

The Dixie and Caldor fires in California are the first and second wildfires ever recorded to cross the Sierra Nevada crest and burn down the other side, according to Boise State University researcher Moji Sadegh.

Sadegh said fire managers used to let fires moving up mountain sides burn because they’d eventually reach an area wet enough that they stop progressing.

There’s a 20-foot dirt path covered with branches and twigs from vegetation that was removed underneath wooden power poles. The path is at the base of a hill that’s covered in vegetation with a clean line from where the plants were removed.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The Tamarack Fire left roughly 1,300 Nevadans without power in late July after destroying power poles. Since then, the state and its public utility company have been working to keep that from happening again.

A graphic of Washoe County’s COVID-19 risk meter. The dial is pointing to the “Very High” rating.
Courtesy / Washoe County

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

A large, pool-sized tarp is filled with water. Three firefighters are holding a hose from a fire truck in the background. There is thick smoke in the sky, which is casting a sepia tint on the photo.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb and the following social media pages: Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

Palisades Tahoe logo
Courtesy / Palisades Tahoe

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

Sisolak, along with two men in neon yellow vests, are walking on dirt covered with branches from sagebrush that was removed. To their left is a hill covered in sagebrush and other vegetation.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

As the Caldor Fire continues to burn in California, officials near the state line in Nevada are taking proactive steps in case the fire creeps closer. The state’s governor took a trip to see the results of those efforts on Friday.

There are bushes with yellow and white flowers in the forefront, a brown building surrounded by tall trees in the middle ground, and an orange and gray plume of smoke in the background. The smoke is creating a sepia tint to the scene.
Katie Bailey / Lake Tahoe Community College

Lake Tahoe Community College is a small, rural school near the southeastern shore of Lake Tahoe. Each year it serves about 7,000 students from California and all corners of Nevada, and even some from abroad.

An infographic with housing data. The median sold price for a house in Reno-Sparks in August was $530,000. Housing units are down by 13.8 percent from July, but active inventory is up by 3.2 percent. Homes in August took an average of 16 days to contract.
Screenshot / Reno-Sparks Association of Realtors

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.

A brown sign with yellow lettering that reads “Plumas National Forest.” The sign and ground are covered in a dried pink liquid, and there’s a paved road next to the sign. Both the sign and road are surrounded by thick, forested trees.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

An image of a giant plume of smoke on top of a large mountain backdrop
Screenshot / ALERTWildfire

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening area. Please continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 5.

Additional information about the Caldor Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website, InciWeb and El Dorado County’s information page, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

An image of a wildland firefighter looking ahead to a large wall of flames in the distance
Courtesy / CAL FIRE

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

Jose Mora is crouching down between two SUVs. He has a serious expression on his face. He’s holding a black and tan chihuahua in one hand and putting his other arm around a smiling, tan pit bull with just one ear sticking up.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The American Red Cross has set up several evacuation centers in Northern Nevada to help evacuees fleeing the Caldor and Dixie Fires. Some have had to move around to more than one shelter so far this week.

Mountains with smoke emerging from them.
Screenshot / ALERTWildfire Tahoe cameras

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

More than a dozen firefighters in yellow hard hats and jackets trek up a dusty road. There’s an orange “Road Closed” sign in the forefront. The smoke is thick, gray and covering the far background, giving the photo a sepia tint.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening areaPlease continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 2.

 Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit on Facebook and Twitter, Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriffs Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

An image of a bright orange sun sitting ominously in a dark afternoon sky. The silhouette of a hill with trees on it is visible as a black mass.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

An intersection with red lights. There are several police cars and a truck with emergency lights blocking off the intersection to through traffic.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.

Smoke billows behind homes in south Reno.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR

As evacuation orders grow in the Tahoe Basin, it’s becoming more urgent for residents to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.

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