New California Wildfire Sparks South of Lake Tahoe

A new wildfire burning near Lake Tahoe, California, shrouded the sky on Tuesday morning, August 17, as it grew to 6,500 acres (about 10 square miles) with no containment after showing “extreme” activity overnight, officials said.

The Caldor Fire, which started August 14 northeast of Plymouth, California, was threatening more than 2,000 structures as of Tuesday morning. Footage shared on Twitter shows smoke covering the sky around 8 am in South Lake Tahoe.

“Extreme fire behavior” was observed overnight Monday into Tuesday, spurring “immediate mandatory evacuations in the area” and structure loss, officials said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Credit: @julesinthemoun1 via Storyful

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