Over 2500 acres burned in Angora Tahoe blaze
"It was a human-caused fire"
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By Caitilin McAdoo and Ananda Shorey
June 26, 2007
A wildfire that has been burning in South Lake Tahoe since Sunday
afternoon has now burned 2,730 acres, USDA Forest Service Lake
Tahoe Basin Management Unit fire information Officer Brigitte
Boysen said this morning.
The fire, known as the Angora Fire, started around 2 p.m. Sunday
and has damaged 225 structures, including 178 homes, Boysen said.
The fire is currently 40 percent contained, but firefighters are
pushing to have total containment by July 1, in anticipation of
the holiday crowds that will be coming into the Tahoe area.
The fire is thought to have started in the mostly single-family
subdivision of Tahoe Paradise, in the general vicinity of Mt.
Rainier Street and North Upper Truckee Boulevard.
"It was a human-caused fire," said USDA Forest Service
spokesman Rex Norman. There is no evidence that its origin is
suspicious, he said.
A mandatory evacuation remains in place for the area and Lt.
Gov. John Garamendi has signed an emergency proclamation declaring
a state of Emergency for El Dorado County.
According to the governor's office, the proclamation will provide
state funding to cover the costs of fighting the fire and repairing
No injuries have been reported as a result of the blaze.
Firefighters will be pushing to contain large parts of the fire
today because weather reports indicate that high winds are expected
in South Lake Tahoe late this afternoon, Boysen said.
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