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Angora Fire Continues To Burn Near Lake Tahoe

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South Shore Lake Tahoe, CA — The overnight weather has helped firefighters battling The Angora Fire near Lake Tahoe´s South Shore.

Winds calmed down and temperatures dipped into the 30s. A U-S Forest Service spokesman says the incident commander is “feeling very good´ about current conditions.

The wind-driven fire, which started at 2:10 pm, burned out of control Sunday. It has destroyed a reported 220 structures and forced about one-thousand people to evacuate their homes.

According to the Associated Press, investigators are blaming the fire on “human activity.”

According to CAL FIRE´s Communications Operator Jim DeVoll in San Andreas, the Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit has contributted one strike team of hand crews, a helicopter and an air tanker to the firefighting effort.

Fire officials warned of a potentially active wildfire season in the Sierra Nevada following an unusually dry winter. As of May first, the snowpack in and around the Tahoe area was just 29 percent of normal.

Written by Bill Johnson