Firefighters gain ground on California wildfire near Lake Tahoe; closer to learning cause

MEYERS, Calif. (AP) -- Light winds have allowed California firefighters to get a leg up on a raging Lake Tahoe forest fire. Residents whose houses were only moderately damaged will be allowed to return home today.

The blaze, which has destroyed more than 225 structures, is now about 40 percent contained. Residents who lost their homes will be escorted in by authorities on Thursday.

About one thousand people have evacuated their homes and as many as 500 other houses are still threatened by the 25-hundred-acre fire.

Federal and state investigators say they think the fire started in an area popular with runners and teenagers in the summer.

The area has been cordoned off and investigators today will begin searching for what might have sparked the blaze. Authorities say it does not appear to be arson.


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