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Caldor Wildfire In California Rapidly Expands, Nears Lake Tahoe

Firefighters battle spot flare ups from the Caldor Fire on August 19, 2021, in Riverton, California. (Allison Dinner/Getty Images)
Firefighters battle spot flare ups from the Caldor Fire on August 19, 2021, in Riverton, California. (Allison Dinner/Getty Images)

The rapidly expanding Caldor Fire is nearing the outskirts of Lake Tahoe in California.

The fire is about 123,000 acres so far, and CAL FIRE called it the “No. 1 priority in the nation” for firefighters. It is one of more than 90 wildfires burning in the country right now, during an especially hot, dry summer out West.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Scott Rodd, a state government reporter for CapRadio.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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