Winds May Stoke Tahoe Fire

Gusts spread blaze, threatening more homes and lives
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2007 2:25 PM CDT
Winds May Stoke Tahoe Fire
Jason Tyndall, 33, inspects the remains of his home on Lake Tahoe Blvd, Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Tyndall's home was one of the first to be hit by the Angora fire which has now devastated 3000 acres. (AP Photo/Nevada Appeal, Chad Lundquist)   (Associated Press)

The Lake Tahoe fire that's already destroyed 200 homes and forced some 2,000 people to flee could be refueled today by strong winds, the AP reports. Additional homes may be at risk, as well as the lives of firefighters. Yesterday, a gust forced firefighters to retreat from the line they'd been holding and led to the evacuation of a 300-home subdivision.

Officials do not expect the fire to be contained until next Tuesday. It started on Sunday, and by yesterday evening had charred over 3,000 acres in this scenic area of Northern California. Although officials do not believe the fire was set intentionally, some form of human activity (such as a discarded cigarette) probably set it off. Unusually dry conditions also contributed.  (Read more South Lake Tahoe stories.)

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