But this area has stayed a haunted ghost town, with the exception of a steady stream of firefighters, emergency workers, and roving bears and coyotes at least until Labor Day weekend.

Lighter winds and increased humidity that swept through Labor Day weekend reduced the spread of the flames, and fire crews were fast able to exploit this, doubling the burning and severed fire lines around the Caldor fire.

Bulldozers with enormous shovels, crews armed with shovels, plus a fleet of planes that splashed hundreds of thousands of gallons of water and fire retardants helped limit the spread of the wildfire to a few thousand hectares, a fraction of its explosive spread last month and the lowest increase in two weeks.

“The incident continues to look better and better every day,”Tim Burton

‘The incident continues to look better and better every day,’ Tim Burton, operations director with the California Agency for Forestry and Fire Prevention, told firefighters on Saturday.

The northeastern section of the 333-square-mile blaze remained within a few miles of South Lake Tahoe and the Nevada state line, but firefighters have said it has not made any material progress for several days and does not challenge curbs across large portions of its perimeter.

Authorities moved more people to their homes near the west and north sides of the fires Friday afternoon, after containing a third of the fire.

Residents who had to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier in the week were removed from their homes and people across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada were evacuated.

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The resort, which can serve up to 100.000 guests, was eerily empty over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. Lying at 6,225 ft , it straddles the state line between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. (wikipedia)

Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire is an active wildfire burning in El Dorado County, California, about 15 miles southeast of Placerville. By August 31, 2021, it had burned more than 191, (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)

Mendocino Complex Fire

The Mendocino Complex Fire was a large complex of wildfires that burned in northern California for more than three months in 2018. It consisted of two wildfires, the River Fire and Ranch Fire, (wikipedia)