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Firefighters say Caldor Fire has spared South Lake Tahoe after weaker-than-predicted wind gusts

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The Caldor wildfire was held at bay on Wednesday as firefighters expressed relief that wind gusts did not push it closer to South Lake Tahoe, though the evening and late night hours have been described as ‘make or break.’ The efforts to save the resort town comes as California Governor Gavin Newsom, who toured some of the disaster-hit areas in his state, asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency. The ordinarily heaving town of South Lake Tahoe was deserted on Wednesday after tens of thousands of residents evacuated in fear of the fast approaching Caldor Fire, which has scorched nearly 204,000 acres of land, is just 20% contained and was just 3.5 miles away.

A tanker flies over Wrights Lake while battling the Caldor Fire in Eldorado National Forest, just a few miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, on Wednesday.

A tanker flies over Wrights Lake while battling the Caldor Fire in Eldorado National Forest, just a few miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, on Wednesday.

Huge plumes of smoke generated by the Caldor Fire are seen from Kirkwood, California on Wednesday.

Huge plumes of smoke generated by the Caldor Fire are seen from Kirkwood, California on Wednesday.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (seen right alongside Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter touring the area scorched by the Caldor wildfire in Eldorado National Forest on Wednesday) has asked President Joe Biden to approve a federal disaster declaration.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (seen right alongside Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter touring the area scorched by the Caldor wildfire in Eldorado National Forest on Wednesday) has asked President Joe Biden to approve a federal disaster declaration.

The Caldor wildfire is seen above from a satellite in space. It continues to approach the southern edge of Lake Tahoe along the California-Nevada border.

The Caldor wildfire is seen above from a satellite in space. It continues to approach the southern edge of Lake Tahoe along the California-Nevada border.

The image above shows a closer look at the Caldor wildfire as seen from a Maxar satellite in space on Wednesday.

The image above shows a closer look at the Caldor wildfire as seen from a Maxar satellite in space on Wednesday.

The image above shows Caldor wildfire burning near Twin Bridges, California on Wednesday.

The image above shows Caldor wildfire burning near Twin Bridges, California on Wednesday.

Burned bicycles are seen on the smoldering remains of a house during the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges on Wednesday.

Burned bicycles are seen on the smoldering remains of a house during the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges on Wednesday.

A fire-damaged eagle flagpole topper sits on the ground after the Caldor Fire moved through the area in Twin Bridges on Wednesday.

A fire-damaged eagle flagpole topper sits on the ground after the Caldor Fire moved through the area in Twin Bridges on Wednesday.

A destroyed home smolders during the Caldor Fire in a residential community of Twin Bridges on Wednesday.

A destroyed home smolders during the Caldor Fire in a residential community of Twin Bridges on Wednesday.

A sign covered in fire retardant warns about outdoor fires in a burned residential neighborhood during the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges.

A sign covered in fire retardant warns about outdoor fires in a burned residential neighborhood during the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges.

At least 650 structures have burned and thousands more are threatened as the Caldor Fire moves into the resort community of South Lake Tahoe.

At least 650 structures have burned and thousands more are threatened as the Caldor Fire moves into the resort community of South Lake Tahoe.

A view of empty streets is seen after the mandatory evacuation due to the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, California, US, on September 1, 2021,  after the tourist town's 22,000 residents fled in fear of the approaching flames.

A view of empty streets is seen after the mandatory evacuation due to the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, California, US, on September 1, 2021,  after the tourist town’s 22,000 residents fled in fear of the approaching flames.

A home is completely wrapped in fire-resistant material to protect the property against the approaching Caldor Fire in Meyers, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Authorities are reporting progress in the battle to save communities on the south end of Lake Tahoe from a huge forest fire.

A home is completely wrapped in fire-resistant material to protect the property against the approaching Caldor Fire in Meyers, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Authorities are reporting progress in the battle to save communities on the south end of Lake Tahoe from a huge forest fire.

A bear seeking refuge from the smoke and flames crosses a deserted road in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday. There are growing concerns for the wildlife in the area.

A bear seeking refuge from the smoke and flames crosses a deserted road in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday. There are growing concerns for the wildlife in the area.

Boats float in the water away from a dock as smoke from the Caldor Fire fills the air in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Boats float in the water away from a dock as smoke from the Caldor Fire fills the air in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

A view of empty streets after the mandatory evacuation the day before in South Lake Tahoe on August 31, 2021.

A view of empty streets after the mandatory evacuation the day before in South Lake Tahoe on August 31, 2021.

The sun sets on an empty beach with the sky obscured by the smoke of the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, California, on Tuesday night.

The sun sets on an empty beach with the sky obscured by the smoke of the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, California, on Tuesday night.

Empty chairs stand on the beach with the sky obscured by the smoke of the Caldor Fire on August 31, 2001.

Empty chairs stand on the beach with the sky obscured by the smoke of the Caldor Fire on August 31, 2001.

An injured bear is seen struggling to walk with burned front paws in the community of Meyers in El Dorado County, California.

An injured bear is seen struggling to walk with burned front paws in the community of Meyers in El Dorado County, California.

An injured bear attempts to sit under trees near a home in Meyers during the Caldor Fire on Tuesday.

An injured bear attempts to sit under trees near a home in Meyers during the Caldor Fire on Tuesday.

Fire officials are dealing with a two-week old blaze they said was 'more aggressive than anticipated,' and continued to edge toward the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. Now, they are trying to steer the Caldor Fire into the Tamarack Fire.

Fire officials are dealing with a two-week old blaze they said was ‘more aggressive than anticipated,’ and continued to edge toward the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. Now, they are trying to steer the Caldor Fire into the Tamarack Fire.

The fires to the south of Lake Tahoe rage while more - like the Dixie Fire - torch through other northern parts of the state. Dixie has plowed through 844,000 acres of land and has destroyed more than 1,000 homes since the start of the month.

The fires to the south of Lake Tahoe rage while more – like the Dixie Fire – torch through other northern parts of the state. Dixie has plowed through 844,000 acres of land and has destroyed more than 1,000 homes since the start of the month.

This is how the Caldor Fire has spread in just two weeks, scorching through 200,000 acres of land and marching towards the Lake Tahoe basin.

This is how the Caldor Fire has spread in just two weeks, scorching through 200,000 acres of land and marching towards the Lake Tahoe basin.

Approximately 50,000 people are under evacuation order now because of the fire, including Douglas County in Nevada.

Approximately 50,000 people are under evacuation order now because of the fire, including Douglas County in Nevada.

Smoke from the Caldor Fire can be seen above the mountains from Twin Bridges in California on September 1, 2021, as the fire approaches.

Smoke from the Caldor Fire can be seen above the mountains from Twin Bridges in California on September 1, 2021, as the fire approaches.

The remains of a charred house in Twin Bridges, California, on Wednesday morning after the Caldor Fire tore through the area.

The remains of a charred house in Twin Bridges, California, on Wednesday morning after the Caldor Fire tore through the area.

A washer and dryer can be seen inside a once standing home off Echo Summit Road at Highway 50 near Meyers, California, on Tuesday.

A washer and dryer can be seen inside a once standing home off Echo Summit Road at Highway 50 near Meyers, California, on Tuesday.

El Dorado hot shot crew member Billy Wyatt walks toward a property while monitoring a blaze from the Caldor Fire in a neighborhood in Meyers, California, on Tuesday.

El Dorado hot shot crew member Billy Wyatt walks toward a property while monitoring a blaze from the Caldor Fire in a neighborhood in Meyers, California, on Tuesday.

A table and chairs remain standing after a blaze from the Caldor Fire ripped through a neighborhood off Echo Summit Road at Highway 50 near Meyers, California.

A table and chairs remain standing after a blaze from the Caldor Fire ripped through a neighborhood off Echo Summit Road at Highway 50 near Meyers, California.

On Monday, the famous Tahoe Ski Resort was using its snow blowers in an attempt to thwart the flames with water.

 On Monday, the famous Tahoe Ski Resort was using its snow blowers in an attempt to thwart the flames with water.

The famous Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort is shown on Sunday, August 29, around 20 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe.

The famous Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort is shown on Sunday, August 29, around 20 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe.

Satellite images taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES17 show the fires across California.

Satellite images taken from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES17 show the fires across California. 

Lyft prices surged by nearly 800 percent on Tuesday as people desperately tried to flee South Lake Tahoe. A journey that normally costs $200 from South Lake Tahoe to Reno in an Uber XL was costing $1,500. The company has now disabled the automated price gouging

Lyft prices surged by nearly 800% on Tuesday as people desperately tried to flee South Lake Tahoe.

Lyft prices surged by nearly 800 percent on Tuesday as people desperately tried to flee South Lake Tahoe. A journey that normally costs $200 from South Lake Tahoe to Reno in an Uber XL was costing $1,500. The company has now disabled the automated price gouging

A journey that normally costs $200 from South Lake Tahoe to Reno in an Uber XL was costing $1,500. The company has now disabled the automated price gouging. 

Volunteer firefighter Richard Geraty suffered third degree burns battling the blaze on August 28 He is now expected to be in the hospital for a month while he recovers; so far, no deaths have been recorded

Volunteer firefighter Richard Geraty suffered third degree burns battling the blaze on August 28.

Volunteer firefighter Richard Geraty suffered third degree burns battling the blaze on August 28 He is now expected to be in the hospital for a month while he recovers; so far, no deaths have been recorded

He is now expected to be in the hospital for a month while he recovers. Fortunately, so far, no deaths have been recorded.

Firefighters are seen attempting to extinguish the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges, California, on August 31, 2021.

Firefighters are seen attempting to extinguish the Caldor Fire in Twin Bridges, California, on August 31, 2021.

Embers fly from a tree as the Caldor Fire burns along Highway 50 in Eldorado National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Embers fly from a tree as the Caldor Fire burns along Highway 50 in Eldorado National Forest, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Tod Johnson stands in front of his house in South Lake Tahoe, California, on Tuesday. He spray-painted his house, which is not insured, hoping that firefighters would help save it if the fire reaches his neighborhood.

Tod Johnson stands in front of his house in South Lake Tahoe, California, on Tuesday. He spray-painted his house, which is not insured, hoping that firefighters would help save it if the fire reaches his neighborhood.

David Duet, who camps with friends in a meadow in South Lake Tahoe, said on Tuesday they didn't evacuate because they 'don't really have anywhere else to go'.

David Duet, who camps with friends in a meadow in South Lake Tahoe, said on Tuesday they didn’t evacuate because they ‘don’t really have anywhere else to go’.

Bill Roberts rolls up an American flag in front of his house in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.

Bill Roberts rolls up an American flag in front of his house in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.

Russ Crupi points to sprinklers he's set up around a mobile home park where he works as a maintenance man in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.

Russ Crupi points to sprinklers he’s set up around a mobile home park where he works as a maintenance man in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday.

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