200-acre Emerald Fire at Lake Tahoe slowed by rain

map Emerald Fire
Map showing heat detected by a satellite over the Emerald Fire at 2:16 a.m. PDT October 14, 2016. The fire is much smaller than indicated by the heat signatures, some of which were plotted in Cascade Lake and up to half a mile out into Lake Tahoe by the 375-meter fire detection system on the MODIS satellite.

The Emerald Fire was reported at 1:28 a.m. PDT October 14 on the south end of Lake Tahoe in California near Emerald Bay. Pushed by 20 to 25 mph winds gusting up to 55 mph it quickly spread through the night and by daylight was estimated at 200 acres by CAL FIRE. Mandatory evacuations were ordered affecting 500 residences and another 500 were listed as voluntary.

However by 6 a.m. on Friday light rain began as a wet air mass moved into the area. As of 11 a.m. a quarter inch of precipitation had been measured at the South Lake Tahoe weather station.

emerald fire rain radar
The green areas represent rain in northern California at 11:04 a.m. PDT October 14, 2016.

The weather forecast for the area of the Emerald Fire includes 1.8 inches of precipitation over the next 48 hours.

Web cams for the area can be seen at Alerttahoe.seismo.unr.edu. Click on the Diamond Peak and Heavenly Ski Area cams.

Emerald Fire
Web cam view of the area of the Emerald Fire at 11:12 a.m. PDT October 14, 2016. The fire should be on the left side of the photo.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+