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California’s Caldor Fire Engulfs 200,000 Acres And Forces Mandatory Evacuations In Nevada (Photos)

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 1, 2021

Topline

The Caldor fire has spread to more than 200,000 acres, California authorities said Wednesday morning, saying that first responders “have a long grind ahead of them” as low humidity and increased winds have pushed the wildfire to grow and even threaten neighboring Nevada.

Key Facts

However, strong winds and low humidity will likely continue into Wednesday, officials said, sparking worries the fire will continue to grow and damage 35,000 endangered structures.

But officials on the other side of the lake in Douglas County, Nevada, were forced to issue evacuation orders and warnings as winds pushed the fire eastward and threatened people and structures across state lines.

The fire was 20% contained on Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Five people have been injured, three of whom are first responders, and more than 500 residences have been destroyed since the Caldor fire began burning two weeks ago, the agency said.

What To Watch For

How soon the fire can be contained. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Wednesday it expects the fire to be fully contained by Sept. 13, five days later than what the agency reported the previous day as the fire continues to spread. Safety officer Jamal Cook said Wednesday that firefighters “have a long grind ahead” and urged first responders to pace themselves physically and mentally. “Fatigue can and will set in,” Cook said.

Key Background

The Caldor fire, burning east of Sacramento, is just one of seven wildfires burning across the state on Monday, according to a tracker from California Fire. The only burning fire larger than the Caldor fire is northern California’s Dixie fire, which at 844,081 acres is the second-largest wildfire in California history and is 52% contained. Experts say California and other western states will likely be forced to battle an increased number of wildfires as rising temperatures caused by global warming create the ideal conditions for fires to spark and spread. The state is facing one of its worst droughts in decades.

Further Reading

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

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

Wildfire Sweeps Through California Forest Near Big Sur Amid Dire Drought (Forbes)

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