Caldor Fire comes closer to South Lake Tahoe, as 'turbulent winds' vex firefighters

Firefighters battling the Caldor Fire.
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Firefighters battling the Caldor Fire near South Lake Tahoe, California, have been dealing with strong winds and aren't expected to get a break until late Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, gusts of more than 50 mph were reported, and crews are worried about embers flying that could spark new fires. Forecasters say extreme winds moving to the east and southeast are expected through 11 p.m. PT Wednesday. As the Caldor Fire entered the Lake Tahoe Basin early Tuesday, there were "turbulent winds," David Lauchner, a battalion chief with the Sacramento Fire Department, told the Los Angeles Times. He described the blaze as "crazy" and said it's been doing "stuff I've never seen before."

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