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Tahoe Fire Unaffected By Rain Early On

Even though it’s now raining heavily in the Tahoe Basin, a 250-acre wildfire continues to burn near Emerald Bay, with 25% containment now reported. It started around 1:30 Friday morning, before the rain began. But Cal Fire officials says it was fanned by high winds, ahead of the system. Public Information Officer Brice Bennett says the fire and wind has actually kept much of the rain from hitting the ground…

click to listen to Brice Bennett

Bennett says when the winds die down, the rain will help more. But he says measures also need to be taken to ensure safety for firefighters, as the ground does get wet…

click to listen to Brice Bennett

About 200 homes have been evacuated, although Bennett says many of the homes are for vacationers and are currently unoccupied. Campgrounds are also closed, as well as Highway 89. No word on the cause of the blaze. About 250 firefighters have been on the scene.

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