South Tahoe Wildfire burns an estimated 220 homes |

South Tahoe Wildfire burns an estimated 220 homes

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 at 7:30 this morning.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office have the latest damage estimate to be at least 220 structures, spokesman Kevin House told CNN this morning.

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. Hundreds more homes are threatened early this morning as South Lake Tahoe’s worst fire in half a century sent hundreds of people fleeing for safety.

Forest Service spokesman Todd Chaponot said air attacks on the fire will begin soon. There will be at least eight to 10 helicopters on the fire today and and several air tankers. There are 750 firefighters now on the fire, with another 400 firefighters on the way, he added.

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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