Start Your Day Here: California Wildfire, Ida Recovery And Afghanistan Without U.S. Troops

Published August 31, 2021 at 7:22 AM EDT
Flames are seen behind a building with an American flag in South Lake Tahoe on Monday.
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The Caldor fire pushes into South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Monday.

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Here are the top stories we're watching today:

Next for Afghanistan: U.S. troops are out — now what? The State Department says it's trying to keep in touch with Americans who haven't made it out, and the U.S. diplomatic mission has fundamentally changed. Here's more on the next steps.

Ida aftermath: Among the Louisiana houses destroyed by the powerful storm was one that Louis Armstrong considered his second home. Read more about the history of the Karnofsky shop.

California wildfire: Residents of South Lake Tahoe are fleeing a fast-approaching fire and people in neighboring Nevada are on alert.

🎧 Also on Up First, our daily podcast, the Education Department is taking action as promised to investigate state bans on mask mandates.

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