(CNN)Seven Western states are under air quality alerts due to raging wildfires, which have forced thousands to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The 92 large wildfires burning in the US have scorched more than 2.5 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and their smoke has put thousands under poor air quality alerts. Areas of California, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana were under air quality alerts Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).Why wildfires happen: Debunking the myth that arson is to blame more than climate changeWhy wildfires happen: Debunking the myth that arson is to blame more than climate changeWhy wildfires happen: Debunking the myth that arson is to blame more than climate changeThick smoke blanketed the resort communities of Lake Tahoe this week as the Caldor Fire burning east of Sacramento, California, continued to swell.And in Reno, Nevada, residents were encouraged to stay indoors due to historically bad air quality.Read MoreNevada’s Washoe County — home to Reno — saw its poorest air quality on record two days in a row, county health officials said Tuesday. The average air quality index for fine particles reached 251 Sunday, which is considered “very unhealthy,” and on Monday, the index number jumped to 291, the Washoe County Health District said.Smoke from the fires is expected to remain a problem for the area, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said, as it lingers specifically in portions of the Intermountain West, southern Oregon and the Great Basin, which includes areas of western Nevada.”For the rest of this week, it looks like smoke will continue to be a problem for portions of the West,” Guy said. “Another storm system will approach the Pacific Northwest during the day, allowing winds to shift and some areas to clear. However, smoke remains to be an issue across the region as the general weather pattern does not look to change through the end of this week.” Wildfires Fast FactsWildfires Fast FactsWildfires Fast FactsFor those in Oregon, the NWS advised they stay inside with windows closed when smoke levels are high. “Wildfires burning in the region combined with forecast conditions will cause air quality levels to fluctuate and could be at unhealthy levels,” the NWS wrote in its Oregon alert. One of the most concerning fires for firefighters in California is the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County.The 11-day-old fire has swept through 126,182 acres and was 11% contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire. The massive fire has so far destroyed 461 residences and 11 commercial properties, Cal Fire said. Crews battle California's Caldor Fire as it moves east toward Lake Tahoe on Monday, August 23.Crews battle California's Caldor Fire as it moves east toward Lake Tahoe on Monday, August 23. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestCrews battle California’s Caldor Fire as it moves east toward Lake Tahoe on Monday, August 23.Hide Caption 1 of 54This aerial photo, taken on Thursday, August 19, shows burned homes at the Creekside Mobile Home Park a day after they were destroyed by the Cache Fire in Clearlake, California.This aerial photo, taken on Thursday, August 19, shows burned homes at the Creekside Mobile Home Park a day after they were destroyed by the Cache Fire in Clearlake, California. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestThis aerial photo, taken on Thursday, August 19, shows burned homes at the Creekside Mobile Home Park a day after they were destroyed by the Cache Fire in Clearlake, California.Hide Caption 2 of 54Firefighters dig a containment line on the Caldor Fire near Pollock Pines, California, on Wednesday, August 18.Firefighters dig a containment line on the Caldor Fire near Pollock Pines, California, on Wednesday, August 18. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters dig a containment line on the Caldor Fire near Pollock Pines, California, on Wednesday, August 18.Hide Caption 3 of 54Smoke and haze from wildfires obscure the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline on August 18.Smoke and haze from wildfires obscure the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline on August 18. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestSmoke and haze from wildfires obscure the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline on August 18.Hide Caption 4 of 54In this long-exposure photo, embers light up hillsides as the Dixie Fire burns near Milford, California, on August 17.In this long-exposure photo, embers light up hillsides as the Dixie Fire burns near Milford, California, on August 17. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestIn this long-exposure photo, embers light up hillsides as the Dixie Fire burns near Milford, California, on August 17.Hide Caption 5 of 54Destiney Barnard holds Raymond William Goetchius while stranded at a gas station in Doyle, California, on August 17. Barnard's car broke down as she was helping Raymond and his family flee the Dixie Fire.Destiney Barnard holds Raymond William Goetchius while stranded at a gas station in Doyle, California, on August 17. Barnard's car broke down as she was helping Raymond and his family flee the Dixie Fire. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestDestiney Barnard holds Raymond William Goetchius while stranded at a gas station in Doyle, California, on August 17. Barnard’s car broke down as she was helping Raymond and his family flee the Dixie Fire.Hide Caption 6 of 54Destroyed property is seen August 17 after the Caldor Fire passed through Grizzly Flats, California.Destroyed property is seen August 17 after the Caldor Fire passed through Grizzly Flats, California. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestDestroyed property is seen August 17 after the Caldor Fire passed through Grizzly Flats, California.Hide Caption 7 of 54Firefighters spray water on trees being burned by the Dixie Fire near Janesville, California, on August 17.Firefighters spray water on trees being burned by the Dixie Fire near Janesville, California, on August 17. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters spray water on trees being burned by the Dixie Fire near Janesville, California, on August 17.Hide Caption 8 of 54A firefighting helicopter flies in front of the sun, which was shrouded in thick wildfire smoke near Lakeview, Oregon, on August 15.A firefighting helicopter flies in front of the sun, which was shrouded in thick wildfire smoke near Lakeview, Oregon, on August 15. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighting helicopter flies in front of the sun, which was shrouded in thick wildfire smoke near Lakeview, Oregon, on August 15.Hide Caption 9 of 54Wind blows smoke away for a moment, revealing damage from the Parleys Canyon Fire in Utah on August 14.Wind blows smoke away for a moment, revealing damage from the Parleys Canyon Fire in Utah on August 14. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestWind blows smoke away for a moment, revealing damage from the Parleys Canyon Fire in Utah on August 14.Hide Caption 10 of 54Crews battle a fire in Newhall, California, on August 12.Crews battle a fire in Newhall, California, on August 12. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestCrews battle a fire in Newhall, California, on August 12.Hide Caption 11 of 54A table and chairs sit in front of a destroyed home in Greenville, California, on August 12.A table and chairs sit in front of a destroyed home in Greenville, California, on August 12. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA table and chairs sit in front of a destroyed home in Greenville, California, on August 12.Hide Caption 12 of 54A firefighter battles the Dixie Fire near Taylorsville, California, on August 10.A firefighter battles the Dixie Fire near Taylorsville, California, on August 10. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighter battles the Dixie Fire near Taylorsville, California, on August 10.Hide Caption 13 of 54Smoke plumes rise from the Kwis Fire near Eugene, Oregon, on August 10.Smoke plumes rise from the Kwis Fire near Eugene, Oregon, on August 10. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestSmoke plumes rise from the Kwis Fire near Eugene, Oregon, on August 10.Hide Caption 14 of 54A firefighter works to extinguish a controlled burn, a preventative measure, to protect a home in Greenville, California, on August 9.A firefighter works to extinguish a controlled burn, a preventative measure, to protect a home in Greenville, California, on August 9. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighter works to extinguish a controlled burn, a preventative measure, to protect a home in Greenville, California, on August 9.Hide Caption 15 of 54Firefighters battling the Dixie Fire clear a fallen tree from a roadway in Plumas County, California, on August 6.Firefighters battling the Dixie Fire clear a fallen tree from a roadway in Plumas County, California, on August 6. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters battling the Dixie Fire clear a fallen tree from a roadway in Plumas County, California, on August 6.Hide Caption 16 of 54Flames from the Dixie Fire consume a pickup truck on Highway 89, south of Greenville, California, on August 5.Flames from the Dixie Fire consume a pickup truck on Highway 89, south of Greenville, California, on August 5. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFlames from the Dixie Fire consume a pickup truck on Highway 89, south of Greenville, California, on August 5.Hide Caption 17 of 54Operations Chief Jay Walter passes the historic Sierra Lodge as the Dixie Fire burns through Greenville, California, on August 4. The fire leveled multiple historic buildings and dozens of homes in central Greenville.Operations Chief Jay Walter passes the historic Sierra Lodge as the Dixie Fire burns through Greenville, California, on August 4. The fire leveled multiple historic buildings and dozens of homes in central Greenville. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestOperations Chief Jay Walter passes the historic Sierra Lodge as the Dixie Fire burns through Greenville, California, on August 4. The fire leveled multiple historic buildings and dozens of homes in central Greenville.Hide Caption 18 of 54Firefighters work at a Greenville home that was engulfed by the Dixie Fire on August 4.Firefighters work at a Greenville home that was engulfed by the Dixie Fire on August 4. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters work at a Greenville home that was engulfed by the Dixie Fire on August 4.Hide Caption 19 of 54The Dixie Fire burns near Taylorsville, California, on July 29.The Dixie Fire burns near Taylorsville, California, on July 29. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestThe Dixie Fire burns near Taylorsville, California, on July 29.Hide Caption 20 of 54California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tour an area destroyed by the Tamarack Fire in Gardnerville, Nevada, on July 28. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tour an area destroyed by the Tamarack Fire in Gardnerville, Nevada, on July 28. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tour an area destroyed by the Tamarack Fire in Gardnerville, Nevada, on July 28. Hide Caption 21 of 54Firefighter Brentt Call walks through a burned-over area of the Bootleg Fire near Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 27.Firefighter Brentt Call walks through a burned-over area of the Bootleg Fire near Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 27. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighter Brentt Call walks through a burned-over area of the Bootleg Fire near Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 27.Hide Caption 22 of 54Cal Fire Capts. Tristan Gale, left, and Derek Leong monitor a firing operation in California's Lassen National Forest on July 26. Crews had set a ground fire to stop the Dixie Fire from spreading.Cal Fire Capts. Tristan Gale, left, and Derek Leong monitor a firing operation in California's Lassen National Forest on July 26. Crews had set a ground fire to stop the Dixie Fire from spreading. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestCal Fire Capts. Tristan Gale, left, and Derek Leong monitor a firing operation in California’s Lassen National Forest on July 26. Crews had set a ground fire to stop the Dixie Fire from spreading.Hide Caption 23 of 54Firefighters try to reach a fire site in Quincy, California, on July 25.Firefighters try to reach a fire site in Quincy, California, on July 25. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters try to reach a fire site in Quincy, California, on July 25.Hide Caption 24 of 54Volunteers sort clothing at a donation shelter for those affected by the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon.Volunteers sort clothing at a donation shelter for those affected by the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestVolunteers sort clothing at a donation shelter for those affected by the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon.Hide Caption 25 of 54Scott Griffin surveys his property, which was destroyed by the Bootleg Fire in Sycan Estates, Oregon.Scott Griffin surveys his property, which was destroyed by the Bootleg Fire in Sycan Estates, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestScott Griffin surveys his property, which was destroyed by the Bootleg Fire in Sycan Estates, Oregon.Hide Caption 26 of 54Flames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, California, on July 24.Flames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, California, on July 24. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFlames consume a home as the Dixie Fire tears through the Indian Falls community of Plumas County, California, on July 24.Hide Caption 27 of 54People stand behind the fire line as flames from the Steptoe Canyon Fire spread through dry grass in Colton, Washington, on July 22.People stand behind the fire line as flames from the Steptoe Canyon Fire spread through dry grass in Colton, Washington, on July 22. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestPeople stand behind the fire line as flames from the Steptoe Canyon Fire spread through dry grass in Colton, Washington, on July 22.Hide Caption 28 of 54Plumes of smoke from the Dixie Fire rise above California's Plumas National Forest, near the Pacific Gas and Electric Rock Creek Power House, on July 21.Plumes of smoke from the Dixie Fire rise above California's Plumas National Forest, near the Pacific Gas and Electric Rock Creek Power House, on July 21. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestPlumes of smoke from the Dixie Fire rise above California’s Plumas National Forest, near the Pacific Gas and Electric Rock Creek Power House, on July 21.Hide Caption 29 of 54Firefighters walk near a wildfire in Topanga, California, on July 19.Firefighters walk near a wildfire in Topanga, California, on July 19. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters walk near a wildfire in Topanga, California, on July 19.Hide Caption 30 of 54A firefighter does mop-up work in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, which has been struggling with the Bootleg Fire in Oregon.A firefighter does mop-up work in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, which has been struggling with the Bootleg Fire in Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighter does mop-up work in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, which has been struggling with the Bootleg Fire in Oregon.Hide Caption 31 of 54A car is charred by the Bootleg Fire along a mountain road near Bly, Oregon.A car is charred by the Bootleg Fire along a mountain road near Bly, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA car is charred by the Bootleg Fire along a mountain road near Bly, Oregon.Hide Caption 32 of 54Nicolas Bey, 11, hugs his father, Sayyid, near a donated trailer they are using after their home was burned in the Bootleg Fire near Beatty, Oregon.Nicolas Bey, 11, hugs his father, Sayyid, near a donated trailer they are using after their home was burned in the Bootleg Fire near Beatty, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestNicolas Bey, 11, hugs his father, Sayyid, near a donated trailer they are using after their home was burned in the Bootleg Fire near Beatty, Oregon.Hide Caption 33 of 54Firefighters extinguish hot spots in an area affected by the Bootleg Fire near Bly, Oregon.Firefighters extinguish hot spots in an area affected by the Bootleg Fire near Bly, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters extinguish hot spots in an area affected by the Bootleg Fire near Bly, Oregon.Hide Caption 34 of 54A bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in Oregon.A bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in Oregon.Hide Caption 35 of 54Firefighters work to protect Markleeville, California, from the Tamarack Fire on July 17. The Tamarack Fire was started by a lightning strike. Firefighters work to protect Markleeville, California, from the Tamarack Fire on July 17. The Tamarack Fire was started by a lightning strike. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters work to protect Markleeville, California, from the Tamarack Fire on July 17. The Tamarack Fire was started by a lightning strike. Hide Caption 36 of 54The Tamarack Fire burns in Markleeville, near the California-Nevada border, on July 17.The Tamarack Fire burns in Markleeville, near the California-Nevada border, on July 17. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestThe Tamarack Fire burns in Markleeville, near the California-Nevada border, on July 17.Hide Caption 37 of 54A member of the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 holds a map of the Chuweah Creek Fire as wildfires devastated Nespelem, Washington, on July 16.A member of the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 holds a map of the Chuweah Creek Fire as wildfires devastated Nespelem, Washington, on July 16. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA member of the Northwest Incident Management Team 12 holds a map of the Chuweah Creek Fire as wildfires devastated Nespelem, Washington, on July 16.Hide Caption 38 of 54A cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon, on July 16.A cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon, on July 16. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon, on July 16.Hide Caption 39 of 54Firefighters spray water from the Union Pacific Railroad's fire train while battling the Dixie Fire in California's Plumas National Forest on July 16.Firefighters spray water from the Union Pacific Railroad's fire train while battling the Dixie Fire in California's Plumas National Forest on July 16. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters spray water from the Union Pacific Railroad’s fire train while battling the Dixie Fire in California’s Plumas National Forest on July 16.Hide Caption 40 of 54Horses climb a hillside that was burned by the Chuweah Creek Fire in eastern Washington.Horses climb a hillside that was burned by the Chuweah Creek Fire in eastern Washington. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestHorses climb a hillside that was burned by the Chuweah Creek Fire in eastern Washington.Hide Caption 41 of 54Fire from the Bootleg Fire illuminates smoke near Bly, Oregon, on the night of July 16.Fire from the Bootleg Fire illuminates smoke near Bly, Oregon, on the night of July 16. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFire from the Bootleg Fire illuminates smoke near Bly, Oregon, on the night of July 16.Hide Caption 42 of 54A firefighter battles the Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, along the Oregon and California border, on July 15.A firefighter battles the Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, along the Oregon and California border, on July 15. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighter battles the Bootleg Fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, along the Oregon and California border, on July 15.Hide Caption 43 of 54A firefighting aircraft drops flame retardant on the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon, on July 15.A firefighting aircraft drops flame retardant on the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon, on July 15. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestA firefighting aircraft drops flame retardant on the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Oregon, on July 15.Hide Caption 44 of 54Firefighters dig away at hot spots underneath stumps and brush after flames from the Snake River Complex Fire swept through the area south of Lewiston, Idaho, on July 15.Firefighters dig away at hot spots underneath stumps and brush after flames from the Snake River Complex Fire swept through the area south of Lewiston, Idaho, on July 15. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters dig away at hot spots underneath stumps and brush after flames from the Snake River Complex Fire swept through the area south of Lewiston, Idaho, on July 15.Hide Caption 45 of 54Burned cars sit outside a home that was destroyed by the Chuweah Creek Fire in Nespelem, Washington.Burned cars sit outside a home that was destroyed by the Chuweah Creek Fire in Nespelem, Washington. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestBurned cars sit outside a home that was destroyed by the Chuweah Creek Fire in Nespelem, Washington.Hide Caption 46 of 54Evacuee Dee McCarley hugs her cat Bunny at a Red Cross center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 14.Evacuee Dee McCarley hugs her cat Bunny at a Red Cross center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 14. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestEvacuee Dee McCarley hugs her cat Bunny at a Red Cross center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on July 14.Hide Caption 47 of 54An airplane drops fire retardant on the Chuweah Creek Fire in Washington on July 14.An airplane drops fire retardant on the Chuweah Creek Fire in Washington on July 14. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestAn airplane drops fire retardant on the Chuweah Creek Fire in Washington on July 14.Hide Caption 48 of 54Operations Section Chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire in Chiloquin, Oregon, on July 13.Operations Section Chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire in Chiloquin, Oregon, on July 13. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestOperations Section Chief Bert Thayer examines a map of the Bootleg Fire in Chiloquin, Oregon, on July 13.Hide Caption 49 of 54Fire consumes a home as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, California, on July 10. It's the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/14/weather/california-doyle-second-wildfire-in-a-year/index.html" target="_blank">second time in less than a year</a> that the small town has been ravaged by a wildfire.Fire consumes a home as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, California, on July 10. It's the <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/14/weather/california-doyle-second-wildfire-in-a-year/index.html" target="_blank">second time in less than a year</a> that the small town has been ravaged by a wildfire. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFire consumes a home as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, California, on July 10. It’s the second time in less than a year that the small town has been ravaged by a wildfire.Hide Caption 50 of 54Men hug a member of the Red Cross at a Bootleg Fire evacuation center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.Men hug a member of the Red Cross at a Bootleg Fire evacuation center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestMen hug a member of the Red Cross at a Bootleg Fire evacuation center in Klamath Falls, Oregon.Hide Caption 51 of 54Embers blow across a field as the Sugar Fire burns in Doyle, California, on July 9.Embers blow across a field as the Sugar Fire burns in Doyle, California, on July 9. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestEmbers blow across a field as the Sugar Fire burns in Doyle, California, on July 9.Hide Caption 52 of 54Firefighters monitor the Sugar Fire in Doyle, California, on July 9.Firefighters monitor the Sugar Fire in Doyle, California, on July 9. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestFirefighters monitor the Sugar Fire in Doyle, California, on July 9.Hide Caption 53 of 54In this long-exposure photograph, taken early on July 2, flames surround a drought-stricken Shasta Lake during the Salt Fire in Lakehead, California.In this long-exposure photograph, taken early on July 2, flames surround a drought-stricken Shasta Lake during the Salt Fire in Lakehead, California. Photos: Wildfires raging in the WestIn this long-exposure photograph, taken early on July 2, flames surround a drought-stricken Shasta Lake during the Salt Fire in Lakehead, California.Hide Caption 54 of 5401 western wildfires 0823 caldor fire02 western wildfires 0819 cache fire03 western wildfires 0818 caldor fire01 us wildfires 081802 us wildfires 081803 us wildfires 081803 western wildfires 0817 caldor fire01 western wildfires 0817 dixie firewestern wildfires 0815 oregon04 us wildfires 081802 western wildfires 0812 californiaDixie fire damage 081201 dixie fire 081001 wildfire oregon 081001b wildfire california 080901 western wildfires 0807 dixie fire04 CA dixie fire 080501 dixie fire greenville 080404 dixie fire greenville 080403 Dixie Wildfire Taylorsville 0729  RESTRICTED02 western wildfires 072801b western wildfires 0727Dixie Wildfire Lassen National Forest California 072601 western wildfires 0725 Dixie fires california01 western wildfires 0724 Bootleg fires oregon02 western wildfires 0724 Bootleg fires oregon01 dixie fire 07 24 2021 indian falls california01 western wildfires 072203 western wildfires 0722western wildfires 0719 CALIFORNIA0721 Wildfire20721 Wildfire Bootleg01 bootleg fire 071902 bootleg fire 0719western wildfires 0718 OREGON0717 Wildfire302 western wildfires03 western wildfires04 western wildfires05 western wildfires06 western wildfires07 western wildfires20 western wildfires19 western wildfires08 western wildfires10 western wildfires11 western wildfires09 western wildfires12 western wildfires14 western wildfires15 western wildfires16 western wildfires17 western wildfires18 western wildfiresCalifornia fire is nation’s top firefighting priorityOfficials previously called the Caldor Fire’s behavior “unprecedented,” and now they’re worried about how it will move in the coming days.The fire is threatening to move into the populated region of the Lake Tahoe Basin, making it country’s top firefighting priority, Chief Thom Porter of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention said Monday.”I personally don’t believe the fire is going to get into the basin proper,” Porter said of Lake Tahoe, “but I could be born wrong by that. The weather has outstripped and Mother Nature has taken over and taken fires like the Dixie to places that I never thought was possible.”Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay is shrouded in smoke from the Caldor Fire, near South Lake Tahoe, California, August 24, 2021.Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay is shrouded in smoke from the Caldor Fire, near South Lake Tahoe, California, August 24, 2021.Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay is shrouded in smoke from the Caldor Fire, near South Lake Tahoe, California, August 24, 2021.President Joe Biden on Tuesday approved California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request for a presidential disaster declaration, which allows for additional federal resources to help support the state’s emergency firefighting efforts, the governor’s office said in a news release. The federal aid will go toward communities in Lassen, Nevada, Placer and Plumas counties affected by the Dixie and River fires, the governor’s office said. The aid can support medical services, housing assistance and legal services as well as response and recovery costs.Raging wildfires in California forced 42,000 to evacuate and drove Reno residents indoors due to historically bad air qualityRaging wildfires in California forced 42,000 to evacuate and drove Reno residents indoors due to historically bad air qualityRaging wildfires in California forced 42,000 to evacuate and drove Reno residents indoors due to historically bad air qualityAs of Tuesday night, a total of 37,282 people are evacuated statewide due to wildfires, Newsom’s office said. California’s wildfire season this year has been devastating, scorching more than 1.62 million acres so far — and that number will only go up as fires continue to grow. The Dixie Fire — the second-largest fire in state history — which has been burning for more than a month, has grown so large that its perimeter stretches more than 500 square miles. That blaze has swelled to 735,064 acres and is 45% contained, according to Cal Fire.Officials have warned that people should be ready to evacuate quickly if it becomes necessary.

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