California is headed for one of the worst fire seasons ever, as hotter, dryer conditions in the north increase the risk of new or existing fires, authorities said.

>> The massive wildfire near Lake Tahoe Resorts was halved overnight, with the California Fire Department chief saying crews had largely succeeded in keeping the flames out of inhabited areas.

A wildfire driven by high winds jumped over a creek, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Affairs (Cal Fire).

The cities concerned include the town of South Lake Tahoe and nearby Meyers, which suffered from the Caldor fire, as the fire grew to the east off Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border, and the communities of Pollock Pines and nearby Sly Park, where the fire broke out 3 1/2-and-a-half weeks ago.

The blaze briefly prompted road closures and evacuations as it threaten a handful of structures, but firefighters were quick to contain the danger.

Inspections that are 95% completed showed that almost 1,000 buildings had suffered damage, including 776 single-family houses.

While the fire that broke out on August 14 torched almost 800 homes and gutted the mountain village of Grizzly Flats, no houses burned up in its edges.

Other ones are the Dixie Fire, the second-biggest in the state’s history, which has also burned its way through rural wooded communities that firefighters couldn’t protect.

Thomas Fire

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The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in southern California in December 2017. (wikipedia)

Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire is an active wildfire in Butte, Plumas and Lassen Counties, California. It is named after the road where it started. (wikipedia)

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is a fire department of the California Natural Resources Agency in California, United States. (wikipedia)

August Complex fire

The August Complex was a massive wildfire that burned in the Coast Range of Northern California, in Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, Trinity, and Shasta Counties. (wikipedia)