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“The Caldor Fire continued to bear down on South Lake Tahoe early Tuesday, a day after authorities issued an evacuation order for the entire area,” according to a report by this news organization.

“Fire officials said the blaze continued to move in a northeasterly direction and that it was burning around Echo Summit and into the Christmas Valley area. It ripped through another 5,000 acres overnight into Tuesday morning and is at 191,607 acres since it began burning Aug. 14, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire is 16% contained.

“Red-flag weather conditions were in the weather forecast again, and a warning is set to remain in place until 11 p.m. Wednesday, as winds are expected to reach gusts of 35 mph in most areas and as high as 50 mph on some of the ridges.”

Firefighters are focused on saving houses in the Lake Tahoe basin.

According to a report by this news organization: “After the Caldor Fire burned over Echo Summit and into the basin for the first time Monday night, threatening wider South Lake communities like Christmas Valley and Meyers as it spotted over Highway 89, crews found themselves waiting in disbelief to protect homes in places they had hoped the blaze would never reach.

“We didn’t want it here,” said Cal Fire spokesman Jason Hunter told this news organization. “The plans now, I cannot honestly speak to. We have to find a place to make a good break and a good stop, and that’s why all these crews are in doing structure protection — they’re dotted everywhere.”

MEYERS, Calif. – Aug. 30: The Caldor Fire burns down the granite face of Echo Summit threatening Christmas Valley in Meyers, Calif. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group

 

MEYERS, Calif. – Aug. 30: Cal Fire’s Brad LaForce keeps a check on the Caldor Fire burning near homes in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Monday evening, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

MEYERS, Calif. – Aug. 31: The Roseville Fire Department protects a home from the Caldor Fire, early Tuesday morning Aug. 31, 2021, on South Upper Truckee Road in the Christmas Valley area of Meyers, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

MEYERS, Calif. – Aug. 30: The Del Rosa Hot Shots from San Bernardino, Calif. position themselves at the base of Echo Summit as the Caldor Fire burns into the Christmas Valley section of Meyers, Calif., Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

MEYERS, Calif. – Aug. 30: A bulldozer operator cuts a fire break against the advancing flames of the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Monday evening, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

ECHO LAKE, Calif. – Aug. 30: Mark Christensen from Gilroy fights the Caldor Fire on a strike team made up of SCU and CZU Cal Fire units from Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at Camp Berkeley near Echo Lake. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

ECHO LAKE, Calif. – Aug. 30: A hot shot crew marches up Christmas Valley in Meyers, Calif., as the Caldor Fire makes its push over Echo Summit into the Tahoe basin late Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

ECHO LAKE, Calif. – Aug. 30: Firefighters from the SCU Cal Fire unit in Santa Clara County back their Type 3 engine down to Echo Lake to refill their water tank while fighting the Caldor Fire, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

 

ECHO LAKE, Calif. – Aug. 30: Mark Christensen from Gilroy fights the Caldor Fire on a strike team made up of SCU and CZU Cal Fire units from Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at Camp Berkeley near Echo Lake. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

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