Thousands evacuate as Northern California fire triples in 24 hours and destroys dozens of homes

Thousands of people are being evacuated from Northern California as the fire has engulfed nearly 50,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes, and authorities are warning of conditions creating a “perfect combination” for it to spread further.

“The Caldor Fire continues to exhibit unprecedented behavior and fire growth due to extremely dry forest, brush and grass, and is being blown by southwest winds,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) officials said of the El Dorado County fire.

In their latest firefighting update, fire officials said the National Weather Service said a “red level warning” has been extended until tomorrow. The warning is issued “for weather events that could lead to extreme fire behavior that would occur within 24 hours.”

Dry conditions and wind have created the “perfect combination” for the fire to spread, Fire Chief Daniel Berlant told reporters.

Firefighters said the fire has grown by 47,200 acres in just 24 hours.

Governor Gavin Newsom previously declared a state of emergency in El Dorado County due to the growing blaze. Evacuation orders were issued for areas such as Grizzly Flat, Perry Creek and Hawk Haven as the fire spread and destroyed property, including dozens of homes, an elementary school, a post office and numerous other buildings. At least two people were injured, both of whom had to be airlifted to hospitals.

Thousands of people have already been evacuated. The fire started on Saturday, but its cause remains unknown.

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