After days of rapid growth, the Caldor wildfire finally slowed down overnight on Wednesday, giving firefighters a chance to make progress in containing the blaze as officials project weather conditions for the rest of the week look promising to put out the fire.
California fire officials said Thursday morning that thanks to increased humidity and slowing winds overnight, the wildfire did not spread as much Wednesday evening into Thursday morning as it did in previous days.
The fire had reached 210,250 acres on Thursday and had been 25% contained, a five-point jump from the previous day despite the fire’s growth, marking notable progress by firefighters overnight.
Weather forecasts indicate conditions could remain more humid and less windy for the rest of the week, officials said, which would bode well for response teams trying to contain the wildfires after days of dry conditions and gusty winds accelerated the fire’s spread.
While five people have been injured in the fire, no additional injuries have been reported since Monday and officials have reported no deaths.
The Caldor fire has been burning for nearly three weeks since it first started east of Sacramento. Since then, it has been pushed east, triggering evacuation warnings and orders in both northern California and along the border of Nevada. For now, the fire has largely avoided the most populated areas around Lake Tahoe, which would typically be filled with tourists but was evacuated starting last week. More than 40,000 residents and visitors have fled. California fire officials estimate the Caldor fire won’t be contained for another week and a half.