Crews battle to protect Lake Tahoe region from wildfire

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters faced a critical day in efforts to prevent a massive California wildfire from reaching the Lake Tahoe resort region, fearing that hot, gusty winds could fuel the stubborn blaze. The Caldor Fire churned through mountains just southwest of the Tahoe Basin, cloaking much of the popular tourist area in toxic smoke. Hot winds gusting at up to 35 mph were forecast for Saturday, raising concerns that winds could spread the embers from the tops of bone-dry trees and spark new fires. Cal Fire Capt. Stephen Horner says Saturday will be “a very pivotal day.”

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