During the summer, it was the two-month-old California wildfire that threatened the Lake Tahoe mountain resort zone. Authorities said the fire had been contained at best 100 percent.

The blaze, which scorched more than 346 square miles of the Sierra Nevada and burnt down hundreds of homes, reached the milestone late Wednesday, the fire department said.

Ms Draffin said Australia’s news blocking of Facebook earlier this year showed how heavily people’s daily lives depended on news and current affairs, particularly during the pandemic.

The fire is likely to persist into the winter, authorities said.

The fire was reported on 14 August, damaging 1.000 buildings, including more than 770 homes, as it made its way towards the tourist community of South Lake Tahoe, which escaped.

Much of the loss took place in the rustic woodland community of Grizzly Flat.

Elsewhere in California, in the northern Sierra Nevada and the southern Cascades range, the giant Dixie Fire that burned through late Wednesday had been 97% contained.

The Dixie fire became the second-biggest in the state’s history when it raged over a span of 1.505 square miles and destroyed more than 1.300 buildings, including nearly 700 homes.

Dixie Fire

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

Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire is an active wildfire burning in El Dorado and Amador counties in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. By September 16, 2021, it had burned 219,267 acres with 65% containment. (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)

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)