The big fear in Tahoe is that a blaze the scale of the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise could happen, such as in a place like South Lake, where around 23,000 people live. The difference between Paradise and Tahoe is that, on any given day, there could also be tens of thousands of tourists.
There’s a lot being done in Tahoe when it comes to wildfires. Yet the region remains vulnerable. There are huge parts of the forest and hundreds of homes that need cleaning up and attention. And there are residents who don’t want to cut down trees or clear their properties. They want to keep their home’s woodsy, outdoorsy feel. But just one fire getting out of control could destroy the Tahoe we know today.