SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A huge firefighting force has gathered to defend Lake Tahoe from a raging wildfire.
The flames forced the evacuation of California communities on the south end of the alpine resort and put others across the state line in Nevada on notice to be ready to flee.
The streets of the popular vacation haven are normally filled with thousands of summer tourists.
But they were all but deserted after rapid growth of the Caldor Fire forced a mass evacuation on Monday and triggered hours of gridlocked traffic.
By late Monday, the fire had been pushed by strong winds across two major highways.
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