Caldor Fire explodes: Homes in Grizzly Flats destroyed, evacuations along Highway 50 under way

    A volatile wildfire burning in Northern California exploded overnight, razing homes in a small mountain town as dry fuels and high winds whipped the fire out of control.

    The Caldor Fire more than doubled in size by Wednesday morning to cover more than 53,772 acres, burning through Grizzly Flats and leveling at least 50 homes in the hamlet of about 1,200 people east of Sacramento, according to the Associated Press. At least two civilians have been injured in the fire so far.

    The El Dorado County sheriff’s office has ordered evacuations for residents on both sides of Highway 50, from Camino on the west to Ice House Road on the east. Those towns include Cedar Grove, Pollock Pines, Fresh Pond and Pacific House.


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