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California’s Caldor Wildfire Nears Lake Tahoe, Forcing Mandatory Evacuations

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 30, 2021

Topline

The Caldor fire, one of the most destructive of California’s ongoing wildfires, picked up pace over the weekend as falling humidity and increasing winds allowed the fire to spread toward more populated areas near Lake Tahoe, pushing authorities to urge thousands more Californians to evacuate.

Key Facts

The fire had grown to a staggering 177,260 acres across northern California Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and had only been 14% contained.

Three first responders and two civilians have been injured, the agency said Monday, and nearly 500 residences have been destroyed since the blaze began roughly two weeks ago.

Residents in western El Dorado County, located near Lake Tahoe east of Sacramento, were ordered to evacuate Monday morning as the wildfire continues to grow.

Authorities first issued evacuation warnings late Sunday evening in El Dorado and neighboring Alpine County as the fire continued to spread over the weekend.

While evacuations were voluntary Sunday evening, officers told residents early Monday morning the orders could escalate and become mandatory if the fire continued to spread, pushing some to scramble and evacuate their homes at 2 a.m., according to local media on the scene.

Barton Memorial Hospital, located in South Lake Tahoe, announced Sunday it would evacuate all patients and transfer them to surrounding facilities over the fire and only stay open for emergency services.

What To Watch For

With temperatures possibly reaching triple-digits this week in parts of Northern California, officials say the Caldor fire could continue to grow and endanger even more people and structures in the area.

Key Background

On Friday, more than 40,000 residents had evacuated their homes amid blazing wildfires across the state. While most were located in Northern California, which is battling flames amid challenging weather conditions, thousands of residents in Southern California have also been forced to leave their homes. The state is facing its worst drought in decades, which has contributed to the wildfires. 

Further Reading

California Wildfires In Photos: Widespread Blazes Force 40,000 To Evacuate (Forbes)

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