In between morning and late afternoon photo sessions of Fall Colors in Hope Valley, I made a side trip to see if there were any colors on Hwy 89 and Luther Pass, and ended up in South Lake Tahoe before getting lost and coming upon a scene of tree destruction!
(Click through the image to see 700px of burnt wood)
So the plan was to make a side-trip through Luther Pass to Lake Tahoe and visit the spawning salmon at Taylor Creek, which I eventually did, but not before ending up on Lake Tahoe Drive and into an area of nice homes. After driving a few blocks, an area opens up to the scene shown in the photo. Utter tree destruction.
After further research online, I realized I was in the middle of the remains of the 2007 Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe. A total of 242 homes and 67 commercial structures were destroyed while the fire scorched 3,100 acres and was finally extinguished after 17 days.
A few online articles and videos of the fire:
- (Multimedia) SacBee- Excellent photo presentation
- MSNBC – 1000 flee Lake Tahoe fire (6/25/2007)
- (Video) MSNBC – State of emergency declared around Tahoe (6/25/2007)
- SF Gate – A Lucky Break — Fire Crews gain (6/28/2007)
- (Map) Google Map of Fire Size
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 62mm, ISO 100, 1/20 sec, f/13
Tree Skeletons, Partly Cloudy Skies. South Lake Tahoe, California. October 05, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.