Smoke has spread over the Sierra Nevada and has reached Lake Tahoe, on the California-Nevada border, where skies were picture engulfed in a haze of smoke, and air quality has reach "hazardous" in Tahoe City.
Schools have been closed in Reno, Nevada, 162 miles from the blaze, due to the smoke, according to the AP.
Air quality advisories are in place around Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties – as wildfire particles can be detrimental to health, especially to those with respiratory problems.
"This fire has just simply outpaced us," said El Dorado National Forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais on the speed of the Caldor Fire, reported CBS news. "We emptied the cupboards of resources, and the local fire chiefs of Amador and El Dorado counties sent every resource they could, and no matter how many folks we tried to get on it, it just continued to outpace us."
California’s Dixie Fire is also still raging, having burned an area covering 1,148 square miles, making it the second-largest fire in state history.
Evacuation orders are in place across various areas of the state. Evacuation centres for the Caldor fire can be found on Cali Fire.
Thirty US states have a combined total of 92 fires burning, most of which are in the west of the country.
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