Caldor Fire: CAL FIRE strike team shut down by COVID-19 outbreak battling South Lake Tahoe blaze

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
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A 16-man CAL FIRE strike team must quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as the Caldor Fire threatens the South Lake Tahoe basin.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. -- CAL FIRE has lost one of its strike teams to fight the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe for the next two weeks, due to a COVID-19 outbreak within its ranks, according to our media partners at the East Bay Times.

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A Cal Fire incident commander told reporters Tuesday morning that the 16-member team is sidelined for two weeks.

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The loss of the strike team was not expected to have much of an impact on the firefighting efforts to protect the fast-moving fire from reaching South Lake Tahoe, further spread of the virus could create larger manpower issues.

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