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2 Months Later, Tahoe Fire Finally 100% Contained

But Caldor Fire could keep smoldering long into winter

(Newser) - The 2-month-old California wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe resort region over the summer has been declared 100% contained, officials say. The Caldor Fire, which scorched more than 346 square miles of the Sierra Nevada and burned hundreds of homes, reached the milestone late Wednesday, according to a report from...

Storied Ski Resort Makes 'a Big, Big Statement'

Squaw Valley, host of 1960 Olympics, changes name to Palisades Tahoe

(Newser) - The largest ski resort at California's Lake Tahoe will no longer be known as Squaw Valley. The Olympic Valley resort cast off its 72-year-old name on Monday, unveiling its new moniker, Palisades Tahoe. The resort, a host site for the 1960 Winter Olympics, had announced an upcoming name change...

Lake Tahoe Residents 'Thankful to Be Alive'

They're returning home, though Caldor Fire is only 50% contained

(Newser) - Residents are returning to the Lake Tahoe resort area more than a week after evacuation orders spurred by the Caldor Fire , though full containment is still weeks away. More than 53,000 people had been ordered to evacuate by Sept. 1. At that time, officials expected full containment by Wednesday....

'This Fire Does Stuff I’ve Never Seen Before'

Firefighters make progress in Tahoe battle, but danger remains

(Newser) - Firefighters battling to save the Lake Tahoe resort area got some help from the weather overnight. Operations section chief Tim Ernst told firefighters Wednesday morning that they had "lucked out" with winds that were not as fierce as expected, allowing them to make progress defending the South Lake Tahoe...

Fire May Wipe Out Lake Tahoe As We Know It

Iconic resort area is endangered

(Newser) - As the Caldor Fire bears down on Lake Tahoe , experts warn that an "urban conflagration" could see the popular resort area around the lake gutted. Old homes and log cabins with wood porches and roofs are common in the neighborhoods around Lake Tahoe, which straddles the California-Nevada border, as...

As Fire Bears Down, Residents of Lake Tahoe Told to Get Out

Evacuations ordered as 'Today, it let loose'

(Newser) - Fire officials ordered more evacuations around the Tahoe Basin as a two-week-old blaze encroached on the mountain towns surrounding glimmering Lake Tahoe. By nightfall, the AP reports that all residents on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin were warned to evacuate, after fire officials had stressed for days...

Guy's Suit: I Went to Dump Dog Poop, Encountered a Bear

Calif. tourist on Nevada side of Lake Tahoe says he hurt himself trying to flee from bear in dumpster

(Newser) - He took his dog for a walk, ran into a bear in a dumpster, and hurt himself trying to get away. That's the upshot of a confrontation two years ago in Lake Tahoe between a California tourist and said bear, and now the subject of a lawsuit in Nevada'...

14-Year-Old Swimmer Sets Lake Tahoe Record

James Savage is the youngest person to swim lake's 21.3-mile length

(Newser) - A 14-year-old California boy has become the youngest person to swim the entire 21.3-mile length of Lake Tahoe and complete the alpine lake’s coveted Triple Crown. James Savage of Los Banos completed the trip across the scenic lake, which straddles the California-Nevada line, in 12 hours on Aug....

They Were About to Exchange Wedding Rings. Then, a Splash

Bride's wedding ring falls into Lake Tahoe during ceremony, but there's a happy ending

(Newser) - It's a happy ending after all following a Washington state couple's heart-stopping marriage ceremony that left the bride's wedding ring submerged in Lake Tahoe. "It was going off without a hitch and I was thinking in my head, 'No weddings just go without a hitch,...

Recovery of Man's Body Is Deepest Ever in US

Remains of Ryan Normoyle retrieved from 1,565 feet below the surface

(Newser) - The body of a man missing since August has been retrieved from 1,565 feet below the surface of Lake Tahoe in what's thought to be the deepest recovery ever recorded in the US. Ryan Normoyle's body was recovered Sunday, some seven weeks after the 29-year-old disappeared. He'...

California Has First Case of Plague in 5 Years

Dog-walker may have been bitten by infected flea

(Newser) - Because a pandemic, a heat wave , and rolling power shortages weren't enough, California is now dealing with the plague, too. Health authorities in South Lake Tahoe say a local resident has tested positive—the first case for the state in five years, reports the Los Angeles Times . The best...

This Mountain Just Delivered an 'Exciting' Weather Event

Still-to-be-confirmed wind gust of 209mph on California's Kirkwood Mountain 'looks legitimate'

(Newser) - Winds at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort near Lake Tahoe were so strong on Sunday that the ski resort closed for the day "to ensure guest and employee safety," reports KCRA . The resort's tweet on the matter also cited a notable stat: that the wind gusts may have...

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She Reportedly Died Taking a Pic. That's Not What Happened

35-year-old mom was reaching for tree branch when she went over waterfall in California

(Newser) - A death in California last Friday is still a tragedy, just not quite the one initially thought. Although it was reported that a 35-year-old mom—identified by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office as Dina Espinosa, though a GoFundMe set up in her name calls her Stephanie—had fallen...

Officials: Plague Found at Lake Tahoe Campground

Flea from chipmunk confirmed to have disease

(Newser) - A scenic campground near the shores of Lake Tahoe is now plastered with warning signs after the US Forest Service announced a flea from a yellow chipmunk there tested positive for plague , the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. The Forest Service's Lake Tahoe division, as well as officials from El Dorado...

Tourist's Selfies Help Solve His Odd Disappearance

Polish paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe turns up in Missouri

(Newser) - In what the Nevada Appeal calls "a good example of the public working in partnership with local law enforcement for the best of all possible outcomes," a paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe has turned up safe and sound—in Missouri. South Lake Tahoe Police say his...

Police Hope Selfies Can ID Mystery Paddle Boarder

Missing man didn't speak much English and called himself "Morym"

(Newser) - Police in California are hunting for a mystery man who disappeared while paddle-boarding on Lake Tahoe, with the missing man's selfies as their major clue. News 10 reports a boater found an abandoned paddle board, camera, lifejacket, and selfie stick floating in the lake on Wednesday. The paddle board...

Anti-Wildfire Project Tabled Over Rare Frogs

Forest Service project may hurt endangered species

(Newser) - US officials are balancing forest-fire risk against the need to preserve an endangered species near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reports. Per a stipulation signed by a judge last week, the US Forest Service will delay its tree-thinning project there until it consults with the...

Nevada Cove Won't Be Named for 'Racist' Mark Twain

Washoe tribe objects to plan for Lake Tahoe cove

(Newser) - The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names was considering naming a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain—until it heard from the Washoe Tribe, whose ancestral homeland includes the lake, that Twain held "racist views" about Native Americans. As the head of the tribe's cultural resource department pointed...

Stranded Man Used Snowboard for Shelter

He got lost in Tahoe snowsotrm

(Newser) - Abe Finkelstein's snowboard got him into a dicey situation on Monday—but also helped him survive it. The 25-year-old engineer used his board and some branches to build a makeshift shelter to spend the night in after becoming stranded in white-out conditions in wilderness near Lake Tahoe, reports the...

Monster Goldfish Invade Lake Tahoe

Invasive species could damage the ecosystem

(Newser) - Planning a vacay to Lake Tahoe? You may well encounter goldfish that are 1.5 feet long and weigh more than 4 pounds, Scientific American reports. Researchers trolling for invasive species encountered the massive goldfish and say pet owners may have dumped them. That act of good will, however, could...

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