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Major California fire prompts evacuations

A rapidly expanding wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped over the highway, prompting new evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride in the Sierra Nevada on Saturday as critical wildfire weather loomed in the coming days.

According to the Humboldt-Toyabe National Wildlife Refuge, the Tamaraka fire from lightning on July 4 broke out overnight and amounted to more than 32 square miles (82 square kilometers) as of Saturday evening.

The fire threatened Markleville, a small town near the California-Nevada border.

Authorities said he destroyed at least three buildings and burned in the direction of Alpine County Airport after jumping off the highway.

An ad posted on the 103-mile (165 km) Death Ride website said several communities in the area had been evacuated and all riders were ordered to clear the area.

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