The Caldor Fire, a massive forest fire threatening the lives of South Lake Tahoe residents in California, was 100% contained on Thursday morning, nearly two months after it first started to burn.
The fire that began in August burned through 221,835 acres of land, destroying 1,003 structures and damaging 81 more. A total of five injuries from fire personnel and civilians resulted from the fire, according to California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
"The #CaldorFire has reached 100% containment," the Lake Tahoe U.S. Forest Service announced on Thursday. "Although a line is around the fire, heavy fuel will continue to smolder and burn late into the winter."
The fire first threatened Lake Tahoe residents in late August, when the vacation spot typically peaks in visitors. Authorities ordered an evacuation for the residents on Aug. 30 as the fire made its way closer toward the Lake Tahoe Basin around Echo Summit. The order was lifted on Sept. 5 as firefighters contained 49% of the fire.
The cause of the Caldor Fire is under investigation, according to the department.
California experienced several damaging forest fires throughout the summer. Since the start of 2021, over 1 million acres have burned in California.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis
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