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Officials: Tahoe Fire Caused by Campfire

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  • Kim Noyes
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2007
      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
      reported.

      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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