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Thousands displaced as wildfire threatens California’s Lake Tahoe resort area

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By Sharon Bernstein TRUCKEE, Calif. (Reuters) -Firefighters battled to protect homes on the fringe of tinder-dry forests near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday from a wildfire that has chased thousands of residents and tourists from the popular resort destination in California’s Sierra Nevada range. The Caldor fire, burning since mid-August in the mountains east of the state capital, Sacramento, crested a ridgeline and roared downslope toward communities at the southern end of the Tahoe basin on Monday, triggering mass evacuations. Outbound traffic crammed local roads as South Lake Tahoe, a town of 22,000…

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