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Washington Fire Update: Threat To Lake Tahoe Towns Subsiding

USFS / YubaNet.com

Initiating a Backing Fire Along Northeastern Flank.

USFS / YubaNet.com


6:40 p.m.
Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire. Containment now stands at 56 percent. More than 800 personnel are working the incident, according to fire officials.

Highway 4 from Markleeville to Ebbetts Pass is now open to through traffic only. Adjacent forest lands in and near the burned areas are still under forest closure.

Highway 89, starting at the junction with State Highway 4 and continuing over Monitor Pass, will remain closed due to fire activity. Wolf Creek Road will remain closed as well until fire activity diminishes in the area.

2:15 p.m. - A wildfire's threat to a town south of Lake Tahoe is subsiding.

Fire officials say an evacuation advisory for Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs Campground has been lifted. The lightning-caused Washington Fire scorched 17,786 acres and is 45 percent contained.

Officials say the fire has cost about $6.5 million to fight, and nearly 1,200 firefighters are battling it.

-Capital Public Radio Staff