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Entire streets burned to the ground in South Tahoe

Sierra Sun news serviceThe Angora Fire has spread to encompass approximately 2,500 acres by Monday morning.

Entire streets in South Lake Tahoe neighborhoods overrun by the 2,500-acre Angora wildfire have burned to the ground, officials reported Monday.

South Tahoe’s worst fire in a half century continues to grow near Fallen Leaf Lake southwest of South Lake Tahoe, where 750 firefighters, 10 helicopters and air tankers are attacking the blaze.

Hundreds more homes are being threatened by the flames, officials said.

North Tahoe and Truckee firefighters were among the personel battling the fire.

Meanwhile evacuated residents are congregating at Lake Tahoe Community College to view a growing list of the properties destroyed by the blaze.

“There are some homes and entire streets of homes that have burned down, even down to the mail boxes,” said El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor Norma Santiago. “Many of these areas are hard to identify and that’s why we need everyone who lived in the evacuated areas to come to the college.”

If your home was in the evacuated area and you are out of town please call (530) 541-4660, extension 336. An El Dorado County Sheriff deputy is developing a list of which homes are either standing or destroyed.

There are around 200 address already on the list and growing, Santiago said.

“Some of the areas are entire streets of homes that are lost,” said Santiago.

Meanwhile, containment of the fire remains at around 5 percent, Forest Service officials said. Fallen Leaf is not in danger at this point, according to Forest Service personnel.

Cool overnight temperatures and little if any wind helped keep the Angora fire from rapidly spreading as it did Sunday, but has brought a blanket of thick smoke to the area that has hampered efforts to get an air attack off the ground.

The latest update on the Angora fire from the U.S. Forest Service this morning has the fire at 2,400 to 2,500 acres and has destroyed between 180 and 225 structures in the North Upper Truckee area, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

Forest Service officials told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that the number of structures burned ranges between 180 to 225 in the North Upper Truckee area. The structures include homes, garages and outbuildings.

A state of emergency was issued for El Dorado County on Sunday and continues today.

Roads remain closed at Highway 50 for eastbound traffic at Sly Park. On the Nevada side, highway patrol officers are stopping motorists in Stateline. Highway 89 is closed at Pickett’s Junction to Luther Pass. Traffic in South Lake Tahoe is closed at South Tahoe High School and Lake Tahoe Boulevard.

Residents of the evacuated areas are not allowed to return to their homes, officials said.

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