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Photos of Caldor California fire near Lake Tahoe show ski resort damage

The Caldor fire that devastated northern California forced the evacuation of one of the state’s most popular resorts. Much of the idyllic lakeside town of South Lake Tahoe is under an evacuation order and a red flag warning is in effect in the Northern Sierra region.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze for two weeks, and Gov. Gavin Newsom was forced to declare a state of emergency in El Dorado County earlier this month. The blaze burned more than 276 square miles, destroyed more than 470 homes, and injured at least five people, but is only about 15 percent contained.

Conditions on the ground have worsened since Sunday. Crews face low humidity and gusty winds as the blaze heads east and threatens to reach Lake Tahoe, but the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection expects to full containment by September 8.

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