North Fire Update: Tahoe National Forest Evacuated as Blaze Spreads to 600 Acres

Fire crews are battling a blaze ripping through Tahoe National Forest. The "North Fire" has already torched about 650 acres of land since igniting just before 5 p.m. on Monday.

An evacuation order has been imposed in Emigrant Gap, which includes: North Fork Campground, Onion Valley Campground and Tunnel Mills Campground on Texas Hill Road.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is warning motorists to avoid the Interstate 80 because of Labor Day traffic. On the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, they warn "travel in the area is not recommended."

The fire is being fought by Cal Fire and Tahoe National Forest officials. "The North Fire is now at 650 acres," Tahoe National Forest said on its Twitter account. "Resources currently responding and/or ordered include 14 hand crews, 20 engines, 5 bulldozers, 5 water tenders. Daylight tomorrow brings 5 helicopters and 7 fixed-wing aircraft including a VLAT (very large air tanker)."

According to The Mercury News, Cal Fire spokeswoman Mary Eldridge said the U.S. Forest Service had the blaze under control but would still be sending additional resources—including the air tankers—to extinguish the fire.

Officials are also warning that the Interstate 80 will be significantly congested because of traffic from the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The Placer County Sheriff's Office and National Forest Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Video from above, which was uploaded to YouTube by CBS Sacramento, shows parts of the forest lost in smoke while the fire roars beneath.

Fires have been raging across California all summer, long burning hundreds of thousands of acres of land and threatening thousands of homes. The smoke and debris coming from the blazes has even traveled across the country bringing poor air quality with it.

While some of the fires, such as the Ferguson Fire, are already fully contained, others still have 10 to 20 percent left until they're considered to be fully contained. Thousands of fire personnel are working across the state to finally contain the remainder of the fires.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has kept track of the fires online with information about the acres burning, the number of structures that have been destroyed, the level of containment and more.