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A firefighter monitors a fire threatening the Echo Summit Lodge during the Caldor Fire on Aug. 30. Photo: David Odisho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Caldor Fire continued to intensify Tuesday, threatening nearly 34,000 structures as it headed toward South Lake Tahoe.

The big picture: The blaze has already destroyed more than 660 structures and damaged dozens of others. It had grown to more than 191,607 acres and was 16% contained as of Tuesday morning.

  • All residents of South Lake Tahoe and many in surrounding areas have been ordered to evacuate.
  • Winds and critically dry conditions make conditions ripe for the fire to continue to push into the Lake Tahoe Basin Tuesday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Context via Axios' Andrew Freedman: Climate change, along with decades of land management policies, is leading to larger wildfires in the West. It's also creating more frequent extreme fire weather conditions that lead to wildfires that are nearly impossible to contain.

Fire crews worked all night to stop the Caldor Fire's spread after it made its way across U.S. Highway 89 on Aug. 30. Photo: Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Traffic on Highway 50 as people evacuate ahead of the Caldor Fire in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Aug. 30. Photo: David Odisho/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A fire crew attempts to extinguish a fire as it approaches residential areas on Aug. 30. Photo: Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The Caldor Fire expands within and around South Lake Tahoe on Aug. 30. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Caldor Fire burns in the hills above homes on Aug. 30. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Embers fly off a burning tree during the Caldor fire in Twin Bridges, Calif., on Aug. 29. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images
Fire crews advance toward the growing Caldor Fire on Aug. 30. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Go deeper: California's Caldor Fire nears South Lake Tahoe after thousands flee

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Southern California beaches reopen, as oil spill cleanup continues

Oil spill cleanup workers search for contaminated sand and seaweed at Huntington Beach in California on Oct. 9. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A Southern California coastal area closed since one of the largest oil spills in the state's recent history struck over a week ago reopened Monday, as cleanup efforts continue.

The latest: Huntington Beach's reopening Monday came sooner than many expected, after water quality tests came back with no detectable levels of oil associated toxins in the ocean water, AP reports.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.