Caldor Fire: Bear surrounded by smoke while wandering fire zone in Strawberry

STRAWBERRY, Calif. -- Eerie images are coming out of the Caldor Fire zone near Lake Tahoe.

Video of a bear shrouded in smoke was taken Friday in the town of Strawberry in El Dorado County.

You can see ash falling as the bear goes about its day.

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Air quality around South Lake Tahoe is deteriorating as the Caldor Fire is moving closer - leaving residents and tourists bracing to evacuate.

The Caldor Fire sparked Aug. 14 and is now just 19% contained after burning nearly 245 square miles, an area larger than the city of Chicago.

Over 15,000 California firefighters are battling more than a dozen large fires in the state.

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The projected date for full containment is Sept. 8, pushed back from early this week, according to the Associated Press.

The Northern Sierra region is under a red flag warning for critical fire conditions on Monday and Tuesday.

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