Despite progress with Caldor, fire officials say 'everybody needs to remain vigilant'

A closure sign is seen as the Angeles National Forest, along with all national forests in California, is closed due to dangerous wildfire conditions on Sept. 1, 2021 in Altadena, California. California and the West are experiencing unprecedented large and destructive wildfires along with record drought as worsening climate change creates extreme weather conditions across the continent, according to climate scientists. California's national forests will remain closed through at least Sept. 17, just as the season for hot, powerful Santa Ana winds in Southern California typically begins, bringing in the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year through early December.
A closure sign is seen as the Angeles National Forest, along with all national forests in California, is closed due to dangerous wildfire conditions on Sept. 1, 2021 in Altadena, California. California and the West are experiencing unprecedented large and destructive wildfires along with record drought as worsening climate change creates extreme weather conditions across the continent, according to climate scientists. California's national forests will remain closed through at least Sept. 17, just as the season for hot, powerful Santa Ana winds in Southern California typically begins, bringing in the most dangerous wildfire weather of the year through early December. Photo credit David McNew/Getty Images

Firefighters made progress battling the Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe over Labor Day weekend with the fire 49 percent contained Tuesday. Despite the gains, officials urged Californians to remain alert and be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Cal Fire Director Thom Porter said in a Tuesday press conference that about two million acres have burned so far this year.

“We are on par with last year, and that is sobering,” Porter said.

“We’re right smack in the middle of wildfire peak season. Everybody needs to remain vigilant."

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