Thousands Forced to Evacuate in Northern CA Due to ‘Unprecedented’ New Wildfire
Thousands of residents remain evacuated after a destructive Northern California wildfire nearly doubled in size overnight, fed by wind and dry conditions, officials said Wednesday.
The blaze burning in El Dorado County, which started burning under suspicious conditions on Saturday, has been named the Caldor Fire and has charred more than 53,000 acres and was 0% contained as of Wednesday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for El Dorado County due to the fire, which has devastated the community of Grizzly Flats, located about 65 miles east of Sacramento. Many structures have been destroyed and many others are threatened, officials said. The fire burned at least one elementary school in the Pioneer Union School District, one community church, and one post office, Cal Fire officials said.
Two people were airlifted to hospitals after getting seriously injured in the area, Cal Fire said. One person approached firefighters, who tried conducting first aid before the person was taken to a hospital. Another person suffered “severe” injuries. Overall, about 6,850 people are evacuated, according to the office of emergency services. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Beautiful summer skies in Lake Tahoe yesterday. The Caldor Fire, 40 miles southwest of Tahoe, is now raging at 54,000 acres. 0% containment. This new normal really sucks. pic.twitter.com/9gsdUuq5QB
— Joshua Frank (@joshua__frank) August 18, 2021
Nationally, there are 104 large fires burning, mostly in the West, where drought conditions and red flag warnings continue to fuel the raging wildfires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Today, I’m reporting from the #CaldorFire in El Dorado County, east of Placerville.
The fire has grown to nearly 54,000 acres, and has shown “unprecedented fire behavior” w/ fast growth, per Cal Fire. pic.twitter.com/XL8oVjqtug
— Dustin Gardiner (@dustingardiner) August 18, 2021
Meanwhile, the Dixie Fire, the nation’s largest, has grown in size while containment remains stagnant.
The second-largest wildfire in California history has ripped through 635,728 acres with only 33% containment. In addition, windy, red flag conditions are expected for the next several days, according to Cal Fire.
Multiple wildfires in California are costing people their homes — including the Caldor fire, which more than tripled in size in a single day, forcing thousands to flee overnight. pic.twitter.com/mc1cwTrwOa
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 18, 2021