Residents of South Lake Tahoe have been ordered to evacuate due to extreme fire danger in the area, per The Los Angeles Times.

The South Lake Tahoe area received a mandatory evacuation order Monday because the Caldor Fire has pushed closer to the lake.

  • The fire has already destroyed hundreds of buildings.
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High winds and excessive heat caused the fire to spread even quicker and faster toward Lake Tahoe, which inspired the call for evacuation.

  • “Today’s been a rough day, and there’s no bones about it,” said Jeff Marsolais, Eldorado National Forest supervisor, according to The Los Angeles Times.
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The streets of South Lake Tahoe were left barren Monday as smoke choked much of the air. Per The Reno Gazette-Journal, the popular vacation spot is often bustling right now because of Labor Day weekend. 

  • Restaurants and tourist shops were closed due to the smoke, too.
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Overall, the Caldor Fire has blazed through 168,387 acres. Containment at one point reached 19% before it dropped down to 13%, according to The Tahoe Daily Tribune.

  • “To put it in perspective, we’ve been seeing about a half-mile of movement on the fire’s perimeter each day for the last couple of weeks, and today, this has already moved at 2.5 miles on us, with no sign that it’s starting to slow down,” said Cal Fire Division Chief Eric Schwab, per The Tahoe Daily Tribune.