Bay Area firefighters sent to Tahoe fire
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By Caitilin McAdoo and Ananda Shorey
June 25, 2007
Sixty-three firefighters from nine Bay Area counties are preparing
to leave for South Lake Tahoe to help battle a raging wildfire
that has destroyed about 220 homes and charred up to 2,500 acres.
The Bay Area firefighters are part of the state Office of Emergency
Services Region Two, a 16-county area coordinated by the Contra
Costa County Fire Protection District.
Contra Costa County firefighters plan to leave this afternoon
from Fire Station No. 9 at Center Avenue and Pacheco Boulevard
in Pacheco, Battalion Chief Dave George said.
Six other Bay Area firefighters, one from Alameda County, one
from Contra Costa County and four from the city of Napa were sent
earlier to help fight the fire, one Sunday night and five today,
The fire began at about 2 p.m. Sunday and has continued to burn
out of control. As many as 1,000 structures remain threatened,
fire officials said.
A mandatory evacuation is 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 damaged infrastructure.
No injuries have been reported as result of the blaze, known
as the Angora Fire.
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.
Crews from the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Fire Department and
Cal Fire have been fighting the blaze so far, Norman said.
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