Folsom/El Dorado News

Despite King fire, Tahoe air show will go on – with free admission

Lake in the Sky Air Show officials are offering free admission to attract people to Saturday’s 25th annual event as smoke from the King fire invades the Tahoe Basin.

While the smoke is affecting air quality and visibility, “at this time there are no flight closures and the aerial performances and all on-ground activities are still going to occur,” said South Lake Tahoe spokeswoman Tracy Franklin said.

“We are closely monitoring the King Fire along with wind patterns …,” Franklin said in a news release. The air show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe.

As of Thursday, the fire had consumed more than 70,000 acres and was only 5 percent contained.

With Highway 50 intermittently closed because of the firefighting efforts, Franklin suggests the following routes for those planning to attend the air show or to visit South Lake Tahoe this weekend:

From Sacramento or the Bay Area, take Interstate 80 east to Truckee; then take Highway 89 south to Tahoe City and down the west shore of Lake Tahoe to the south shore.

An alternate route, she said, is Highway 49 in Placerville to Highway 88 to Highway 89 to Highway 50 in Meyers.

From Reno, take Highway 395 South, approximately 31 miles through Carson City, then right on Highway 50 to South Lake Tahoe.

From Markleeville take Highway 89 north.

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