Lake Tahoe Emerald Fire now at 100 percent containment

A look at the Emerald Fire at dawn Friday morning.
Courtesy Lake Valley Fire Protection District


SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Brice Bennett, Public Information Officer with Calfire’s Amador El Dorado Unit, said the Emerald Fire is 100 percent contained as of early Monday morning.

“Debris continues to impact the roadway due to the high winds and torrential rains,” he said in a 7 a.m. statement. “Fire suppression repair is ongoing. Liberty Utilities continues to work to restore power to all customers.”

No one was hurt in the incident, and no structures were destroyed.

According to Calfire, Highway 89 from Fallen Leaf Lake to Emerald Bay North Gate will remain closed until Caltrans can make the roadway safe.

The wildfire was first reported at 1:33 a.m. Friday. At certain points on Friday, officials reported it had grown to more than 200 acres, but it was determined to be at 176 over the weekend.

The fire was burning in the Cascade Lake/ Emerald Bay region of South Lake Tahoe, prompting hundreds of homes to be evacuated Friday.

Below is a recap of a live social stream with updates from various public agencies.

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