Lake Tahoe threatened by massive fire, more told to flee

More than 15.000 firefighters battled 15 large wildfires across Northern California on Monday that continue to threaten the Lake Tahoe region.

After more evacuation orders were issued for the city’s 22.000 residents, the Caldor fire hurtled down Highway 89 and moved north along a ridge toward Meyers in South Lake Tahoe, a USA Today Network reporter noted.

In southern California, a section of Interstate 15 was closed Sunday afternoon after winds drove a new flame, known as the Railroad Fire, down lanes in Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles.

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.- As the Caldor Fire approaches scenic Lake Tahoe, flames jumped over a freeway and grew by miles on Monday as firefighters worked to put out the fire.

“To put it in perspective, we’ve been seeing about a half-mile of movement on the fire’s perimeter each day for the last couple of weeks, and today, this has already moved at 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) on us, with no sign that it’s starting to slow down,” said Cal Fire Principal Erich Schwab.

Thousands of people rushed out of South Lake Tahoe as the entire tourist city was evacuated and a groundswell blaze raged on the great freshwater lake Lake Tahoe spanning California and Nevada.

2020 California wildfires

The 2020 California wildfire season, part of the 2020 Western United States wildfire season, was a record-setting year of wildfires in California. By the end of the year, 9,917 fires had burned 4,397, (wikipedia)

2021 California wildfires

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The 2021 California wildfire season is an ongoing series of wildfires that have burned across the state of California. As of July 26, 2021, a total of 6,049 fires have been recorded, burning 800, (wikipedia)

2017 California wildfires

In terms of property damage, 2017 was the most destructive wildfire season on record in California at the time, surpassed by only the 2018 season, with a total of 9,560 fires burning 1,548, (wikipedia)

Thomas Fire

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)

Woolsey Fire

The Woolsey Fire was a destructive wildfire that burned in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California. The fire ignited on November 8, 2018 and burned 96,949 acres of land. (wikipedia)

California wildfires

This is a partial and incomplete list of California wildfires. California has dry, windy, (wikipedia)

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