Wildfire Guts Homes Near Tahoe

1,000 evacuated, at least 165 structures destroyed
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2007 6:16 AM CDT
Wildfire Guts Homes Near Tahoe
A charred swing is shown in the foreground of a home that was destroyed in Meyers, Calif., Monday morning, June 25, 2007 during a wildfire. A wind-driven forest fire burned out of control early Monday near the popular resort of Lake Tahoe, destroying at least 165 structures and forcing about 1,000...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A rapidly spreading wildfire, just outside South Lake Tahoe in northern California, has  destroyed 165 structures and ravaged 2000 acres of heavily wooded land, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hundreds more buildings are threatened and nearly a thousand people have been evacuated from nearby communities. There are no injuries reported so far.

The cause of the fire, which started on Sunday afternoon, is not known, but strong winds and dry terrain allowed it to move quickly. (Snowfall in the area this past winter  was well below average.) "It's a grim situation," South Tahoe mayor Kathay Lovell said of the blaze. (Read more South Lake Tahoe stories.)

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