Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate from the shores of Lake Tahoe in northern California as a major wildfire continues to spread.
The Caldor Fire has already burned up over 191 000 acres with just 16% of the fire brought under control. More than 3 500 firefighters were deployed to combat the blaze, which began more than two weeks ago.
One hospital has been forced to evacuate with patients transferred to other hospitals in the region. According to authorities five people have been injured, so far, while over 700 properties have been damaged or destroyed.
The residents of the city of South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas were issued with an evacuation order on Monday morning.
The US Forest Service has also announced the closure of all Californian national forests from late on Tuesday until 17 September due to the wildfires. The Caldor Fire is only one of seven wildfires currently active in California.
This is due to climate change, which increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires.
Since the start of the industrial era, the world has warmed by about 1.2C and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world do something about it.
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