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6/25/2007

Firefighters Battle Massive Lake Tahoe Wildfire

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Photo: The charred remains of a bathtub, foreground, rests among the debris of a destroyed home along with two other destroyed homes, background, in Meyers, Calif.,

MEYERS, Calif. - A growing army of firefighters launched an aggressive attack Monday to corral a forest fire that had destroyed at least 220 homes in less than a day and forced about 1,000 people to flee neighborhoods near the southern edge of Lake Tahoe.
The fire, believed to be caused by human activity, had charred nearly 2,500 acres — nearly 4 square miles — since it started Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported.
It was less than 10 percent contained Monday morning, said Lt. Kevin House of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department.
"This is far and above the biggest disaster that has happened in this community, I don't know, probably in forever," House told reporters in an early morning briefing.

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