The smoky streets of South Lake Tahoe were mostly empty on Friday.
The tourist destination usually welcomes throngs of visitors leading up to the Labor Day holiday. Instead, souvenir shops and restaurants were closed as the Caldor Fire continued to rage closer each day.
The Caldor Fire has raged in El Dorado County in Northern California and threatened the tourist enclave of Lake Tahoe and its surround area, straddling the California-Nevada border.
The fire began about 70 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe on August 14 and has grown to 143,941 acres as of Friday — it’s just 12% contained.