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Monday 9:45 a.m.: Angora fire 100 percent contained, evacuation center to close

Jeff Munson
Sun News Service

The incident command center reports the Angora fire has reached 100 percent containment this morning. It was 95 percent contained last night. Here is the latest briefing from 9:45 a.m. Monday.

Fire Activity:

Fire activity is predicted to be light today. Winds will range from 5 to10 mph with temperatures in the mid-70s. Smoke will continue to be visible within the fire area. However, these interior smokes are deep within the fire and are not a threat to the fireline.

Today’s Actions:

Crews are using infrared technology to monitor and secure firelines. Line improvement and mop up activities continue 400 feet into the interior of the line. Today, the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin their assessment of the burned area focusing on emergency stabilization of the watershed. At 6:00 tonight the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will resume responsibility for management of the fire.

Evacuations, Closures and Restrictions:

A Forest closure order for the burned area is in effect July 2 through Nov. 30, 2007. All trails and roads leading into the burned area on forest system lands are closed to the public.

Due to very dry fuels, fire restrictions have gone into effect throughout the state of California. A National Fire Prevention Team arrived today to assist local agencies with their prevention needs.

Within the Tahoe Basin area, campfires are only allowed within hosted fee campgrounds. No open fires or charcoal barbeques will be allowed on public lands. Only propane stoves are allowed with a 2007 fire permit. No fireworks are allowed in any area.

Current fire information can be obtained by calling the Lake Tahoe Basin Forest Supervisors office: (530) 543-2600 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Stats

Start Date: 06/24/07 2:00 p.m.

Cause: Illegal Warming Fire

Current Size: 3,100 acres

Current Information:

Location: South of Lake Tahoe and East of Fallen Leaf Lake

Fire Containment: 100 percent

Expected Containment: Tuesday

Cost to date: $11.3 million

Resources Available: 6 Hand Crews, 11 Engines, 1 Helicopter, 1 Water Tender, 1 dozer, 2 Camp Crews, 75 Overhead

Total Personnel: 310 Persons

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Update 9:10 a.m. The incident command center reports the Angora fire has reached 100 percent containment this morning. It was 95 percent contained last night.

Right now there are nine handcrews, 23 engines, one helicopter, one water tender, one dozer, two camp crews and 140 overhead personnel. The total firefighting personnel on the job stands at 459. The fire started on June 24, burned 3,100 acres and 254 homes.

On Sunday the Lake Tahoe Management Basin Unit implemented an area wide closure within the Angora Fire area in order to protect natural and cultural resources.

The order specifically prohibits:

1.Going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Angora Fire Closure area, which is located in Sections 13, 23, 24, 25, and 26, Township 12 N, Range 17 E, MDBM, and Sections 6, 7, 8, 18, and 19, Township 12`N, Range`18 E, MDBM, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 261.52(e).

2.Being on any National Forest System trail within the Angora Fire Closure area.

Maps of the closure area and the order can be viewed at the Supervisor’s Office. For further information contact the Supervisor’s Office at (530) 543-2600.

Meanwhile, the American Red Cross is accepting donations online at http://www.sacsierraredcross.org. Click to link called Angora Fire. The Red Cross is no longer accepting donations at the evacaution center. The evacuation center is shutting down its operations today.

The Red Cross does have a service center located at Lake Tahoe Community College in the cafeteria. The hours of this operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.