Family Uses Home Camera to Thank Firefighters Protecting Cabin from Caldor Fire

A family that owns a cabin under threat from the Caldor Fire burning near Lake Tahoe in California was able to communicate with some of the firefighters protecting their neighborhood through use of a home camera.

Maureen Nandini Mitra spoke with the Sacramento-based news station KXTV earlier this week to discuss how she has been keeping tabs on the cabin from afar. Nandini Mitra told the station she lives in Berkeley but visits the cabin in Kirkwood, a small town south of Lake Tahoe, with family.

Over the last several days, Nandini Mitra has posted images on Twitter captured by the front-door camera at the cabin. In many of the images, firefighters Nandini Mitra said were with the Los Angeles County Fire Department could be seen walking around the property and by other cabins nearby.

"We always talk about how technology is destroying us, but this is one time where technology has really been a boon," Nandini Mitra told KXTV.

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A family with a cabin under threat from the Caldor Fire used the home’s front door camera to thank the firefighters protecting the area. Above, fire crews ride on the back of a truck as they prepare to battle the Caldor Fire on August 30, 2021, in South Lake Tahoe, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

She told the station she and her family members have been trying to get firefighters' attention through their cabin's camera so they could communicate with the first responders directly. On Tuesday, Nandini Mitra posted an image with a caption that shared the "best moment in the ordeal so far."

Nandini Mitra wrote she was "able to communicate via the security webcam with one of the firemen taking a break in the house next door, thank them profusely, and offer them the family cabin as a resting place if need be."

"We're so happy that we got to talk to him," Nandini Mitra told the station.

Nandini Mitra has continued posting updates from her home's security camera in the days since. Neighbors have also been communicating with her to discuss developments in the area as the fire continues burning, she told KXTV.

Nandini Mitra is not alone in using home security cameras to keep track of the fire's progress. Another individual who lives in Kirkwood and was evacuated due to threats from the fire told the Sacramento-based news station KTXL earlier this week that she is using her home's doorbell camera to check in on her neighborhood while she is away.

As of Friday, the Caldor Fire was the 15th largest fire in recorded California history with more than 212,900 acres burned, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire). The blaze began on August 14 and was impacting El Dorado and Amador counties with 29 percent containment by Friday morning, according to a CAL Fire incident report.

At least 55 structures were damaged by the fire and more than 31,000 remained under threat Friday, CAL Fire tweeted.

Newsweek reached out to the Los Angeles County Fire Department for comment and will update this article with any response.