“Before, it was, ‘No worries … it’s not going to crest. It’s not gonna come down the hill. There’s 3,500 firefighters, all those bulldozers and all the air support.’ Until this morning, I didn’t think there was a chance it could come into this area. Now, it’s very real.” Many editions of this newsletter have been delivered from a Tahoe cabin or a cafe in Truckee. Today, the report is about those places as wildfire evacuees flood Lake Tahoe roads in rush to flee.

+ The Caldor fire has burned more than 191,600 acres. Thousands of firefighters are making a last stand, on a particularly windy day, to keep it from reaching Tahoe. The SF Chronicle with photos from the scene.

+ NPR: Every National Forest In California Is Closing Because Of Wildfire Risk.