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.