NDOW: Returning evacuees should drive carefully and avoid wildlife

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 2:02 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2021 at 2:44 PM PDT
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - SEPT 4 2:40 P.M. Displaced people returning home in the Caldor Fire need to use caution and avoid hitting or distressing wildlife, the Nevada Department of Wildlife said.

The animals may be scared and don’t know the difference between pavement and terrain, NDOW said.

NDOW gives these tips:

• Slow down, stay alert and be extra cautious.

• Watch for wildlife crossing roadways, even in areas where they may not normally cross.

• Give animals space and avoid contact with them.

SEPT. 1, 4:40 P.M. SR-89 is closed in both directions at the El Dorado/Placer County Line due to the Caldor Fire.

AUG. 30, 430 P.M. Latest road closures due to the Caldor Fire:

Alpine County Road Closures

  • Highway 88 west & Highway 89 (Luther Pass) at Picketts Junction are closed

Amador and El Dorado County Road Closures

  • Highway 88 is closed between Omo Ranch Rd. and the Highway 88/89 interchange.
  • Highway 50 is closed in both directions from the Sly Park Road exit to Meyers (Highway 50 and Highway 89 junction).
  • The Highway 50 closure has been extended East to Sawmill Road
  • Highway 50 at Sawmill
  • Pioneer Trail at Elks Club
  • Elks Club at Highway 50
  • Fallen Leaf at Tahoe Mountain

AUG. 30, 2 P.M. If you do not have a critical reason, you should not be trying to get into the Tahoe Basin.

CHP is working with NDOT to restrict traffic westbound over the Kingsbury Grade and Highway 50 at Highway 28 as people try to evacuate from South Lake Tahoe due to the Caldor Fire.

NDOT has issued a statement prohibiting non-essential travel.

NDOT, NHP and the CHP are trying to get evacuees out of the Tahoe Basin. Anyone traveling into the area risks not being able to get out.

AUG. 30, 12:45 P.M. The California Highway Patrol reports SR-89 southbound is closed at Emerald Bay and McKinney/Rubicon.

KOLO’s Ben Deach shared video from Highway 50 of the major traffic backup as residents and tourists try to evacuate.

People attempt to leave South Lake Tahoe along Highway 50 as the Caldor Fire prompts new...
People attempt to leave South Lake Tahoe along Highway 50 as the Caldor Fire prompts new evacuation orders.(KOLO / Ben Deach)

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