Thousands were evacuated from South Lake Tahoe as California and Nevada declared states of emergency over the Caldor Fire reaching the tourist resort city.
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Alpine, Amador and Placer counties due to the Caldor fire which has been burning for 16 days and spread across the state by intense winds.
Governor Steve Sisolak also declared a state of emergency for Nevada in anticipation of flames crossing state borders as the Caldor fire reached the Lake Tahoe Basin.
A mandatory evacuation order was issued on Aug. 30, closing almost the entire city of South Lake Tahoe and nearby areas until Sep. 17.
About 22,000 evacuees were instructed to head east toward Nevada to avoid the fires from westbound.
The National Weather Service have issued red-flag warnings, effective from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1, indicating that strong southwestern winds and dry weather will likely worsen the flames.
The wildfire was one of 83 active fires across the United States, and one of 13 in California alone.
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