By Dan Shapley
With decreasing snowpack comes greater fire risk For an update about the fire's cause, click here. For research that links the fire and others like it to global warming, click here.
The wildfire that flared up suddenly Sunday has burned thousands of acres and more than 100 structures. Hundreds of other homes and buildings are in the raging fire's path. About 1,000 people have been evacuated. With snowpack in the mountains well shy of average after a lackluster snow season, Lake Tahoe -- like many other mountain communities -- was at greater risk for wildfire. Scientists say more intense and frequent wildfires will likely come as a result of global warming
, as decreasing mountain snowpacks leads to decreased runoff, drier conditions and ultimately drier tinder-like forests, just waiting for a spark, according to a story in the June 25 Los Angeles Times. Your Photos Lake Tahoe wildfire photos submitted today by The Daily Green community to the Weird Weather Watch photoblog Angora Forest Fire, Lake Tahoe Tahoe Fire 3 Tahoe Fire 1 South Tahoe On Fire 2 Lake Tahoe Fire 4 Lake Tahoe Fire 3 Lake Tahoe Fire 2 Lake Tahoe Fire Smoke On The Ridgeline South Lake Tahoe on Fire New photos are being submitted all the time. For more Weird Weather Watch photos, including photos of the Lake Tahoe fire, click here. To submit your own photo, click here. Related Stories Southeast Drought Unrelenting Summer Forecast: Hot, With Wildfires World's Largest Lake Drying Up Western Governors Get Climate Warming Global Warming Threatens Israel Drought Plagues 1/3 of U.S. Georgia Swamp Fire Could Smolder For Months