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Firefighters say the raging Caldor Fire that sparked evacuations in the Lake Tahoe area may not be fully contained until mid-September

A line of cars attempts to exit South Lake Tahoe as a haze from the Caldor fire sits overhead.
Residents are stuck in gridlock while attempting to evacuate as the Caldor fire approaches in South Lake Tahoe, California on August 30, 2021

Firefighters say the massive Caldor Fire in Northern California will likely take another two weeks to contain, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The wildfire has already consumed over 191,000 acres and destroyed over 600 buildings, fire officials said Tuesday.

Over 33,000 structures are threatened by the blaze that has prompted a series of evacuations orders and warnings in the area and caused gridlock on nearby highways as residents fled.

Five people – three first responders and two civilians – have been injured in the fire.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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