Fire Crews Work to Protect Homes From Growing Caldor Fire

Firefighters worked through the night to fight the Caldor Fire in Placerville, California, on August 29-30, as the wildfire advanced toward the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The spread of the wildfire prompted California Gov Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency for Alpine, Amador, and Placer counties. The Caldor Fire has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, including significant portions of South Lake Tahoe.

The wildfire grew to 186,568 acres (about 290 square miles) with 15 percent of the perimeter contained by early August 31, official reports said.

Video posted by the Madison Fire Department shows fire crews backburning and dousing trees with water late Sunday and early Monday. Credit: Madison Fire Department via Storyful

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