The North Fire, which ignited on Monday, September 3, in the Tahoe National Forest near Emigrant Gap (Placer county; California state) continues to burn as of Wednesday, September 5. The fire has reportedly burned around 280 hectares (700 acres) and was 10 percent contained as of 19:45 (local time) on Tuesday, September 4. Evacuations are currently underway for nearby campgrounds. The fire has also caused severe congestion along the Interstate 80 (I-80), which connects Sacramento and Reno (Nevada state). The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Wildfires are frequent in California from May through November.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire, adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and monitor the situation. Children and those with respiratory illnesses are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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