(AP) - Residents of Lake Tahoe's south shore huddled beneath a smoke-filled sky today after fleeing a raging forest fire that destroyed more than 200 homes and outbuildings. About one-thousand people evacuated their homes in the popular resort area along the California-Nevada border while as many as 500 other houses remained threatened as the blaze burned out of control.
Some hotels are offering free rooms to locals who have been
forced from their homes. State officials declared a state of emergency, meaning California would cover all costs associated with fighting the fire, which was under investigation but believed to be caused by human activity. Officials say the Angora Fire has scorched almost 25-hundred acres.
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