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Strong winds, low humidity push Caldor Fire closer to Lake Tahoe

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Firefighters scrambled Wednesday to keep a massive California wildfire, which is only 18 percent contained, from racing towards a holiday resort city at the southern tip of Lake Tahoe — after evacuation orders were expanded to neighboring Nevada.

Thick smoke from the two-week-old Caldor Fire covered the all-but-deserted city of South Lake Tahoe, home to some 22,000 residents.

The National Weather Service warned that the extremely low humidity, dry fuel and wind gusts of up to 30 mph could speed up the conflagration.

By Tuesday afternoon, the flames were only 3 miles outside of South Lake Tahoe, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Henry Herrera told KGO-TV.

“With those winds, as it ran through the forest it created what’s called an active crown fire run, where the fire actually goes from treetop to treetop,” said Stephen Vollmer, a fire behavior expert for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Still, South Lake Tahoe officials said a few residents ignored Monday’s evacuation order — despite fearing for their livelihoods.

A burning tree emits embers.
Cal Fire Division Chief Erich Schwab said homes have already been destroyed in the Lake Tahoe area.
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Tom O’Connell and his wife, Linda, sat on their sailboat in Ventura Harbor, where they worried about the fate of their home, which they’ve owned for 40 years and has survived the Angora Fire that destroyed about 250 houses in 2007.  

“You worry about the things you can have some control over,” O’Connell said. “We’ve no control over this.”

Cal Fire Division Chief Erich Schwab said homes have already been destroyed in the Lake Tahoe area, which is usually a year-round recreational spot.

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Firefighters scramble to control the Caldor Fire, which is only 18 percent contained.
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“The fire burned through there extremely fast, extremely hot. And we did the best that we could,” he said late Tuesday.

South Lake Tahoe resident Lorie Major was at the grocery store when she got the evacuation alert on her phone.

“I had to tell myself: ’OK, Lorie: Get it together. It’s time to go,’” said Major, who put on her headphones, turned on the Grateful Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain” and walked home to an empty apartment complex already vacated by neighbors.

Tod Johnson stands in front of his house in South Lake Tahoe.
South Lake Tahoe resident Tod Johnson spray-painted his house, which is not insured, hoping that firefighters would help save it if the fire reaches his neighborhood.
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She and her mini Australian shepherd, Koda, took a 20-mile cab ride from her South Lake Tahoe apartment to a hotel in Minden, Nevada.

Apocalyptic photos show a deserted and eerie South Lake Tahoe, usually a popular getaway.

One image shows a sign reading “looters will be shot.” Another shows a man standing outside his home, with “no insurance please help” scrawled across his house.

A sign warning looters is placed in front of a home near the Caldor Fire.
A sign warning looters is placed in front of a home near the path of the Caldor Fire.
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Meanwhile, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak warned residents about the imminent danger.

“I’m standing here and I’m getting all ash particulates on my jacket, even. This is serious, folks,” he said as a news conference in Carson City, where he noted that the fire was about 20 miles away.

The Caldor Fire has scorched almost 312 square miles since breaking out Aug. 14 – and was just 18 percent contained. More than 600 structures have been destroyed, and at least 33,000 more were threatened.

Firefighter sprays water on hotspots of a wildfire.
The Caldor Fire has scorched almost 312 square miles since breaking out August 14.
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More than 15,000 firefighters have been battling dozens of California blazes including the Dixie, the second-largest wildfire in state history at 1,281 square miles.

On Monday, the US Forest Service announced that all national forests in California would be closed until Sept. 17.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

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