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.
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.