A fast-growing wildfire continues to rage through Northern California, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate their homes and prompting the US Forest Service to announce a shutdown of the Eldorado National Forest. The Caldor Fire, fueled by dangerously dry and windy conditions, exploded in size, jumping from 6,500 acres Tuesday morning to just over 68,000 Thursday morning, and is 0% contained.
The 2021 fire season is on track to break records as fire departments fight almost 100 blazes nationally. California is battling more than a dozen large fires consuming more than 1 million acres burned statewide this year. The Dixie Fire, the state’s second-largest fire on record, has burned more than 678,000 acres (35% contained). In addition, the Cache Fire (20% contained) and the French Fire (0% contained) erupted Wednesday.