Caldor Fire nearly 50% contained as new wildfires emerge in California

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More than a dozen new fires ignited Monday near Sonoma County, California, as firefighters worked to contain nearly 50% of the Caldor Fire that threatened South Lake Tahoe and forced many to evacuate the region last week.

Evacuation orders were lifted in South Lake Tahoe on Sunday as workers contained 49% of the flames after they scorched more than 216,000 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

"Today, firefighters will continue mopping up, reinforcing control lines, and clearing hazard trees. Damage inspections continue with approximately 90% of structures assessed," Cal Fire said on Tuesday.

As progress is made to contain existing wildfires in the state, Democratic state Sen. Mike McGuire tweeted that there were about 15 fires that were deemed "suspicious" by law enforcement authorities.

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE AS CALDOR FIRE EXPANDS

Firefighters doused most of the forward progress on multiple fires in the Healdsburg area overnight, McGuire told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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There have been 7,139 fires this year across the state that have burned more than 2 million acres. Most of the damage has come from the Dixie Fire, which has scorched 900,000 acres since it began on July 14.

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