KUNR As we speak: Evacuation Orders Lowered In South Lake Tahoe, Forest Closures Dampen Out of doors Actions

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Here are the local headlines for Tuesday morning, September 7th, 2021.

Caldor fire evacuation orders reduced in South Lake Tahoe
From KUNR employees

CAL FIRE announced that evacuation orders for South Lake Tahoe around the city limits and north of the city were downgraded to warnings on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Associated Press, 22,000 South Lake Tahoe residents can return to the city under the reduced status; however, fire activity persists in the Sierra Nevada and south of the lake.

The Caldor fire burned more than 216,000 acres and was 49 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

Visit KUNR’s Caldor Fire blog for more updates.

Pahrump Valley Fire & Rescue is deploying firefighters to support fire fighting operations in Caldor
By Lucia Starbuck

More than 4,700 firefighters are fighting the Caldor Fire, and many of them come from outside the area.

Pahrump Valley Fire & Rescue dispatched a four person motor to offload the team at North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Station 11. The crew took about a 12-hour drive from Nye County to do routine service calls.

This was Fire Paramedic Luke Crawford’s first mobilization, as well as his first visit to Tahoe, and he hopes to return one day.

“Oh absolutely, I can’t wait to come back. I hope the next time it will be under better circumstances, ”said Crawford.

Crawford and the crew returned to Pahrump on Thursday evening.

Aid from Sun. Nevada heads for No. Nevada too. Our firefighters will be answering calls to help local crews fight the massive Caldor fire near Lake Tahoe.
@ClarkCountyFD sends 10 people
@NLVFireDept sends 6 people
Pahrump Valley Fire sends 4 people # Vegas #HomeMeansNevada pic.twitter.com/eaVE5fqTIa

– Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) August 31, 2021

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth project.

Forest closings dampen outdoor activities
By Michele Ravera

Many outdoor activities have been derailed by wildfire. With the closure of the Inyo National Forest, authorities shared information about what this means for outdoor recreation in the area.

Most of California’s National Forests will be closed until September 17 or until lifted, which will close campgrounds, trails, and roads and prohibit scattered camping. Fishing and paddling are also not allowed, as the closure also includes lakes and streams.

County and state roads and paths are open, but forest roads are closed. There are some exceptions when entering the forest for people with legitimate needs, such as B. the recovery of vehicles or work-related matters. The Bureau of Land Management properties, including campsites, are currently open with fire restrictions.

Officials warn that COVID-19 testing at home has limitations
By Michele Ravera

Washoe County’s Health District and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that home COVID-19 tests are generally accurate when used correctly and all directions followed correctly, but there are limits.

The health district warns that there is no way to verify that a test was done correctly and that the right person was tested because it is not done by a doctor. Because of these limitations, the health district said positive home test results do not count towards the county’s official case number and the results are not used to determine whether someone can return to work or school.

Mosquitoes in the Las Vegas area tested positive for West Nile virus
From The Associated Press

Mosquitoes in the Las Vegas area tested positive for the West Nile virus for the first time this mosquito season.

The Southern Nevada Health District said Thursday that mosquitoes caught in a neighborhood of the Henderson area tested positive for the virus, which can cause serious illness in people over 60 or with underlying health conditions.

The health district urged people to protect themselves from mosquito bites outdoors and clean up stagnant water near homes where mosquitoes can breed.

Officials say mosquito activity in southern Nevada was mild this year and last; only one case was reported in one person in the area.

Governor Newsom calls GOP rivals “Anti-Vax”, but is that what they are?
From The Associated Press

California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has attacked his Republican rivals as “anti-Vax” to keep his job in a recall election.

He called the September 14 elections a life-and-death decision. Newsom says if one of the Republicans replaces him, COVID cases and deaths will rise.

However, Newsom takes liberties with its characterization. The top GOP candidates – Larry Elder, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley, and John Cox – who he says are anti-Vax all say they’ve been vaccinated. Everyone has also said that people should have the injection if they want it, but the government shouldn’t force it. However, some have also shared misinformation about coronavirus and vaccines at times.

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