Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

  • This photo provided by UC Davis shows Brandon Berry, a researcher at the University of California Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, collects on a research vessel in Lake Tahoe, Calif. on Aug. 23, 2021. Scientists say it’s too soon to draw definite conclusions about the lasting damage that record-setting wildfires will have on Lake Tahoe. But they’re not wasting time. Many plan to bring their research plans to the Tahoe Science Advisory Council when it convenes for a scheduled meeting Thursday Sept. 16, 2021. (Katie Senft/UC Davis via AP)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America’s largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters.