Thu. Dec 8th, 2022

Thousands of people along the southern and western coasts of Lake Tahoe were ordered to evacuate on Monday as the Caldor fire intensified amidst dry and windy conditions, threatening the popular holiday location on the California-Nevada border.The fire had burnt more than 177,000 acres south and west of the lake, and was 14 percent contained as of 11:45 a.m. local time on Monday, according to Cal Fire.Fire officials estimated that more than 20,000 structures could be threatened by the blaze, the newest to grip California during what has been a particularly unforgiving summer season for fire crews in the Western United States.The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning on Monday for the northern Sierra Nevada and the southern Cascades, meaning that exceptionally dry conditions and wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour were likely to cause wildfires to spread out in the mountains.The caution will stay in effect up until 11 p.m. on Wednesday for the location, which was masked in haze on Monday. Patches of fire burned on both sides of the road.Extreme WeatherUpdated Aug. 30, 2021, 6:09 p.m. ETIn the heart of the fire, the skies were orange and the valleys a thick slate of impenetrable smoke.Along the granite cliffs that come down to the Lake Tahoe basin, firemens chased down a spot fire that had fired up on the slopes in the direction of South Lake Tahoe, the city just a few miles away.Firefighters and city authorities had hoped that the wall of granite would serve as a protective shield for the neighborhoods along Lake Tahoe. Extended periods of unusually high temperatures are a signal of a moving environment, they say.As the Caldor fire threatened Lake Tahoe, the Dixie fire, the biggest single-origin wildfire in California history, continued to rave in the northern part of the state.As of Monday, that fire had burned more than 771,000 acres in five counties and was about 48 percent consisted of, according to Cal Fire.In a Facebook post on Friday, Cal Fire stated that more than 15,200 firemens were on the front lines of 14 active large wildfires that had burned over 1.68 million acres.

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