Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate as a huge wildfire erupted over a large American tourist town, filling the air with suffocating smoke.
The Caldor fire has already torn more than 700 square kilometers and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
On Monday, the flame roared to South Lake Tahoe, the most important resort in a popular resort area that lies across the border between California and Nevada.
“The firefighting conditions, the fuels, are historic,” Cal Fire Incident Commander Jeff Veik was quoted as saying by the San Francisco Chronicle. “We will put out this fire. [But] it’s not going to be today. ”
The fires are being driven by a historic drought that has made parts of the region disappear as man-made climate change takes a visible and painful toll, forcing people living in the area to flee.
About 22,000 people were ordered out of their homes and joined by tens of thousands of others trying to escape the fire’s relentless march.