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The Caldor fire that devastated northern California forced the evacuation of one of the state’s most popular resorts. Much of the idyllic lakeside town of South Lake Tahoe is under an evacuation order and a red flag warning is in effect in the Northern Sierra region.

Firefighters have been battling the blaze for two weeks, and Gov. Gavin Newsom was forced to declare a state of emergency in El Dorado County earlier this month. The blaze burned more than 276 square miles, destroyed more than 470 homes, and injured at least five people, but is only about 15 percent contained.

Conditions on the ground have worsened since Sunday. Crews face low humidity and gusty winds as the blaze heads east and threatens to reach Lake Tahoe, but the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection expects to full containment by September 8.

Following: Most of South Lake Tahoe ordered to evacuate as the Caldor, California blaze draws closer and crews scramble to keep the blaze at bay

Following: Caldor fire: South Lake Tahoe is now under evacuation warning as crews struggle to slow the blaze

In the aftermath of the fire, before and after photos reveal charred buildings in abandoned communities and blackened forests under a sky filled with smoke.

Flames surround the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort during the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges, Calif., August 30, 2021.

Before and after photos reveal the horror of the Caldor fire in California near Lake Tahoe

Flames surround a chairlift at the Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, a ski resort, during the Caldor fire in Twin Bridges, Calif., August 29, 2021.

Contact Chelsey Cox on Twitter at @therealco.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Photos of the California fire at Caldor near Lake Tahoe show damage to the ski resort


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