Officials: Tahoe Fire Caused by Campfire
- Officials: Tahoe fire caused by campfire Wildfire 80% contained; all
evacuation orders to be lifted. BY STAFF REPORT |SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. |
June 30, 2007
With winds continuing to moderate, firefighters brought the wildfire
burning near South Lake Tahoe to 80 percent containment Friday night.
Officials also announced the cause of the fire was an illegal campfire.
The fire was held steady after burning 3,100 acres since it erupted Sunday
afternoon. The blaze has destroyed 254 homes in the popular resort area.
Full containment was still predicted for Tuesday, one day before the Fourth
of July holiday and a planned massive fireworks display in the community
that typically attracts 100,000 visitors.
Forest Service officials said they did not know who was responsible for
setting the campfire. They said it was not believed to have been set to
spark the wildfire.
With firefighters continuing to make progress on the fire lines, some
residents were allowed to return to their burned out neighborhoods. All
evacuation orders were to be lifted at 8 a.m. Saturday, the El Dorado County
Sheriff's Office announced. About 3,500 residents were forced to evacuate
during the past six days.
More than 2,100 firefighters had battled the blaze. Three injuries were
Several local churches and at least one faith-based organization - Baptist
Men's Ministries for the California convention - have announced plans to
help the community recover. Local businesses and individuals also were
planning to assist residents affected by the fire.
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