Some of South Lake Tahoe’s 20.000 residents ignored mandatory evacuation orders as a disastrous two-week-old fire creeps closer to town limits.

The fire that threatens at least 33.000 additional homes and buildings has burned nearly 827 square miles since it broke out on August 14.

More than 4.200 firefighters have been deployed, even from Wisconsin and West Virginia, to help with outdoors fire work.

Evacuated people, firefighters and other emergency services are staying at hotels.

In all, 15.000 firefighters are on duty across all of the U.S., although the Dixie Fire was still burning.

More than 15.000 firefighters were fighting dozens of fires in California, aided by crews across the state.

Some 26 helicopters have been dumping water and dampening the fire in Caldor.

Lorie Major, a South Lake Tahoe resident, was at the grocery store when she received the alarm on her cellphone.

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)

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)

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)

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Angora Fire

Was a 2007 wind-driven wildfire in El Dorado County, California. It started near North Upper Truckee Road subdivision near Angora Lakes, Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake and South Lake Tahoe (wikipedia)

Chicago Fire Department

The Chicago Fire Department provides fire suppression, rescue services and emergency medical response services to the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States, (wikipedia)

Rhodes (city)

Rhodes is the principal city and a former municipality on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Rhodes, (wikipedia)