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A firefighter battles flames during the Caldor Fire in Kyburz, California, on Saturday. Photo: David Odisho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Eight days since its ignition, Northern California's Caldor Fire has grown to 98,149 acres and remains 0% contained, according to an update from Cal Fire on Sunday.

Driving the news: El Dorado National Forest supervisor Jeff Marsolais said at a briefing Saturday that firefighters are seeing fuel conditions that even those who have "spent their whole careers fighting fire have never seen before."

  • In addition, windy conditions have exacerbated the size of the fire, he added.
  • "The system is as taxed as it's ever been," Marsolais said of firefighting resources. "And our folks on the ground are doing everything they can within their power and working some incredible strategies."

The big picture: The Caldor fire has destroyed 320 structures and is threatening another 13,000, CNN reports.

  • Last week, the fire prompted mandatory evacuation orders for communities in El Dorado County as well as the declaration of a state of emergency by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • Evacuation warnings are in effect in Amador County as well, officials said at the Saturday briefing.

State of play: Currently 94 active fires are burning across the country, covering more than 2 million acres. Only three of the fires are contained, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

  • The fires burning across the country come as Western states are in the grip of a prolonged, severe drought exacerbated by human-caused climate change.
  • In Northern California, fuel moisture and flammability are especially conducive to extreme wildfire behavior.

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Sep 28, 2021 - World

U.K. puts soldiers on standby to deliver fuel as pumps run dry

Closed fuel pumps at a station in Colchester, England, on Sept. 28. Photo: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The British government placed army tanker drivers in "a state of readiness" Tuesday to help ease fuel shortages caused by a global surge in fuel prices, a lack of truck drivers to transport fuel and consumers' panic buying.

Why it matters: The Petrol Retailers Association said on Monday that two-thirds of its roughly 5,500 independent gas stations had run out of fuel, with the remainder "partly dry and running out soon."

2 hours ago - Health

FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

Photo: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Wednesday stepped down from his committee assignments after being indicted for lying to federal investigators amid a probe into illegal campaign donations.

What they're saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fortenberry said he is "grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues as we work against the injustice confronting me."