California's Caldor Fire Continues to Burn

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It is another ten stay in northern california near the near nevada. Border firefighters are battling kaldor fire now threatening the biggest city on the shore of lake. Tahoe they cut a break yesterday when winds relaxed a little bit but the fire has burned more than two hundred thousand acres and some fifty thousand people have evacuated. Npr's eric westervelt talked to some firefighters. Defending south lake tahoe. Fix smoke and ash. Enveloped the eerily empty resort area of south lake. Tahoe which is usually bustling. This time of year with summer tourists on the outskirts of the city exhausted fire crews in the christmas valley area. I really the last line of defense. Protecting south lake tahoe. Its number side over there. And then it's burning there that way towards the south talk behind us pretty close in a forested area adjacent to cabins and homes firefighter. Steve barnum and a wildfire strikeforce from southern california are scrambling to stamp out spot fires. These are the dreaded windblown embers that ignite many fires that can easily grow into new blazes. Bardem is working to contain one almost got out of control. It was bernie pretty Pie their thirteen fourteen foot claim lakes and get the ember cast off it it gets grasping the needle going and it goes over to the houses. And that's memorial. They're worried about sparks catching the drought-stricken brush dry pine needles surrounding the homes. Right across the road that can turn this forest fire into a battle to save homes and neighborhoods most of these forests and the tahoe basin have not burned since the nineteen forties. The spot fires they're tackling are not mere nuisances really the biggest threat to south lake. Tahoe right now says firefighter jesse alexander because they can overrun control lines and wreak havoc on any well-planned containment strategy and you have a spot fire basically planning might be go plan b. or plan c. depending on spotify jumped across so you can have every intention of trying to hold the road and if it jumps that road a spot fire now you have to kind of change your overall game plan. If you're not able to pick up that's

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