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Update 4:48 p.m.: Angora fire continuous update

Jeff Munson, Susan Wood, William Ferchland, Patrick McCartney, Megg Mueller

As smoke clears from fire-scarred mountaintops, a powerful local environmental agency has emerged as a favorite target for those seeking to assign blame for the devastating wildfire that ravaged more than 200 homes and other buildings this week.

The fire, some say, was a disastrous side-effect of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s sometimes single-minded approach to preserving the lake’s legendary clarity. Its strict policies include fining homeowners thousands of dollars for cutting down trees from their own properties.

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Update 3:39 p.m.: Burned bear found, paws treated

A bear with burned paws has been found and treated, officials said Thursday. Found in the Gardner Mountain area, the bear was left in the wild after being treated. Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care has received a few calls about bears since the fire, but this is the first one that’s been treated.

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Update 3:07 p.m.: Update on Health Advisory Regarding Wildfire Smoke

Significantly improved air quality today, as determined by Jeff Cook the California Air Resources Board Emergency Response Coordinator, has allowed El Dorado County health officials to lift their recommendation that outdoor gatherings and sporting events be cancelled in and around South Lake Tahoe because of smoke from the Angora fire. Non-essential businesses in areas of the city closest to the fire are also no longer being asked to suspend operations, but a health advisory remains in effect in case conditions change.

“Particulate levels recorded overnight in populated areas close to the fire were significantly lower than earlier in the week,” said Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips, County Health Officer. “With ongoing containment of the fire and favorable weather conditions, visibility is excellent today and particulate levels should remain within a healthy range for the next several days.”

He warned that isolated pockets of smoke could persist, and that shifting winds could result in changeable smoke conditions until the fire is fully contained.

“Residents should remain vigilant and take precautions to avoid heavy exertion whenever smoke is present,” Dr. Eberhart-Phillips said. People with underlying lung and heart conditions should be especially careful and remain inside if smoky conditions return, he added.

County officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates on this advisory as needed. For the most current health advisory information, please contact the El Dorado County Public Health Hotline – (530) 621-6140 or visit .

Update 2:17 p.m.: Evacuation update

Update on El Dorado County/South Lake Tahoe Basin Angora Fire from the City of South Lake Tahoe:

Evacuation information, as of 8:00 a.m. June 28

• North Upper Truckee area:

Residents from Highway 50 to Grizzly Mountain Drive with appropriate identification will be allowed access to their property via North Upper Truckee Road only. Residents of the following streets will be allowed access to their property:

North Upper Truckee Road, Grizzly Mountain Drive, Kiowa Drive, Cochise Circle, Seneca Drive, Tehama Drive, Koru Street, Wintoon Drive, Mewuk Drive, Pima Street, Toppewetah Street, Nez Perce Drive, Kikapoo Street, Delaware Street, Normuk Street, Ulmeca Street, Chilicothe Street, Cholula Street, West San Bernardino Avenue, Pooewin Street, Shawnee Street, Yucatan Street, Oaxaco Street, Otomites Street.

• Gardner Mountain area:

Residents in the Gardner Mountain Area of the South Lake Tahoe Basin which have been under Mandatory Evacuation are now subject to voluntary evacuation and may choose to return to their residence, but should stay informed and and remain aware of conditions throughout the day and to stay prepared to evacuate if needed.

• Tahoe Keys area

The mandatory evacuation of the streets near the Tahoe Keys area in the South Lake Basin: WEST WAY, LUKINS WAY, WARD WAY, WEIR WAY, 15TH STREET TO VENICE are to remain under mandatory evacuation until further notice.

El Dorado County Evacuation Information Hotline:

(530) 573-7966

Body Essentials Day Spa and Salon is offering a free service for the firefighters. The owners would like to open their doors to those that have helped so much, so they are inviting firefighters in for a hot shower-shave and complimentary massage for the next week. There are two locations in the Stateline area: Cecils Fountain Plaza and the in the Marriott Grand Residence club. Please call 530-541 3813 for more information or see our website for directions . The spa is open until 9:00 p.m.

Tourism officials got their biggest endorsement Wednesday for visitors to frequent South Lake Tahoe for its busiest July 4 holiday, despite having the 3,100-acre Angora fire half contained.

As of Wednesday evening, the fireworks show will go on, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people to come up to see the festivities during an appearance at the fire site.

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The Tahoe Daily Tribune, located at 3079 Harrison Ave., in South Lake Tahoe, is a donation site for food, water, clothing, toiletries, blankets and more. People affected by the fire are welcome to come to the Tribune’s office to receive items of need.

For those wishing to help there are several organizations and businesses that are accepting donations throughout the Tahoe-Reno area to help families displaced by the Angora fire. about local businesses and agencies helping those in need.

A joint information center has been set up to answer questions about the Angora Fire. Authorities encourage the public to call one of the two numbers for updates and to get information about returning to their homes.

Inside the Tahoe area: (530) 542-6006

Outside the Tahoe area: (866) 355-6755

Today will see more very dry conditions with gusty southwest winds, warm temperatures and low humidity. Sunny skies, with areas of smoke especially in the morning hours, will allow temperatures to rise into the 70s today.

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As of 10:00 a.m. this morning:

• Last night’s crews increased their efforts to secure firelines along the majority of the fire perimeter. The priority for suppression efforts continues to be along the north/northeast fireline adjacent to the South Lake Tahoe community. Firefighters will work around homes next to the fire area to ensure all hot spots are extinguished and hazardous trees are removed.

• Today is another Red Flag Warning Day with anticipated high winds and low humidity. Yesterday and last night’s progress will help today’s fire crews reduce the potential for the fire to move outside its current boundary.

• Crews will again continue to work into the fire perimeter to fall dead trees and cool hot spots. Construction and improvement of fire lines will also continue.

• Of note: Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit entered into Fire Restrictions on June 24. Campfires, including charcoal barbecues, are prohibited except in fee campgrounds.

Residents along North Upper Truckee to Grizzly Mountain will be allowed back into their homes, beginning at 8 a.m. today.

Voluntary evacuations still in place:

• Gardner Mountain area, Tahoe Keys and Tahoe Island.

Mandatory evacuations still in place:

• The Fallen Leaf area

• 15th Street North bordering Highway 89

• The entire area within the fire perimeter.

Road closures:

Highway 89 is closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. between the intersection with Highway 50 from the city limit to Emerald Bay.

Tourism officials got their biggest endorsement Wednesday for visitors to frequent South Lake Tahoe for its busiest July 4 holiday, despite having the 3,100-acre Angora fire half contained.

As of Wednesday evening, the fireworks show will go on, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people to come up to see the festivities during an appearance at the fire site.

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The Tahoe Daily Tribune, located at 3079 Harrison Ave., in South Lake Tahoe, is a donation site for food, water, clothing, toiletries, blankets and more. People affected by the fire are welcome to come to the Tribune’s office to receive items of need.

For those wishing to help there are several organizations and businesses that are accepting donations throughout the Tahoe-Reno area to help families displaced by the Angora fire. about local businesses and agencies helping those in need.

An announcement of a community meeting at Lake Tahoe Community College at 7 p.m. today is unfounded.

Christina Proctor, public information officer for the college, doesn’t know where the announcement originated but stressed there is no meeting taking place at the college tonight.

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