Lake Tahoe fire destroys 220 homes,
2,500 acres burned
Inferno continues to rage threatening 500 more
Photo courtesy TheNins
By Ananda Shorey
June 25, 2007
Planes are having trouble taking off this morning to fight a
fire near Lake Tahoe that has burned 220 homes and charred 2,500
acres because thick plumes of smoke have blanketed the area.
"Another 500 homes are in desperate peril," said Mary
Pierce, a fiscal administrative manager in the Office of Emergency
Services at El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
The wind isn't blowing and smoke is settling over the area, Pierce
said. There is concern because winds are expected to pick up again
mid-week, possibly causing the fire to spread more quickly.
"It is just kind of a surreal atmosphere," Pierce said.
No injuries have been reported as result of the blaze, known as
the Angora Fire, which is burning near South Lake Tahoe, Pierce
The South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department set up a
temporary shelter and has moved evacuated residents from areas
southwest of Lake Tahoe between Meyers and Fallen Leaf Lake to
Some displaced residents were seeking shelter at the recreation
center, while others had been placed at hotels and provided with
food and clothing.
"Panic has not set in," Pierce said. "They are
helping each other -- neighbors helping neighbors."
The fire is thought to have begun around 2 p.m. Sunday, according
USDA Forest Service spokesman Rex Norman.
A USDA Forest Service operator said she had been fielding calls
from concerned vacation homeowners who lived as far away as Hawaii
and Rhode Island.
The National Weather Service issued a dense smoke advisory for
the area, which will remain active until 11 a.m.
Ash is expected to accumulate from South Lake Tahoe to the areas
of Carson City and Dayton. Residents in the area should avoid
prolonged exposure to smoke and be aware that conditions may decrease
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," Norman said. There is
no evidence that its origin is suspicious, he said.
So far, crews from the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Fire Department
and Cal Fire "are working to establish lines and do some
backfire operations," Norman said. Air support has been and
will continue to be used to help fight the fire, he added.
There is no estimate for containment, Norman said.
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