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Update 9:05 a.m.: Angora fire continuous update

Jeff Munson, Staff Reports

July 4th activities are still going on as planned, South Lake Tahoe officials said Friday.

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

As of Wednesday evening, the fireworks show will go on. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people to come up to see the festivities.

Donations of furniture and clothing are no longer being accepted at the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Furniture and clothing are being accepted at the MontBleu Casino in Stateline.

Firefighters are beginning to be moved off the 3,100-acre Angora fire as progress is made in clearing the blaze.

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According to the 8 a.m. update, there are 2,008 firefighters working the blaze, down from the 2,174 working the fire on Wednesday.

The level of containment remains at 70 percent and crews are working their way 500 feet into the burn area cutting snags.

Fire managers are projecting that the chance the fire will grow is low and that no forward spread is expected in the next 72 hours.

Winds are light and temperatures cool at the scene of the fire. Humidity is up to 42 percent.

The National Weather Service is predicting that a low pressure system will remain stalled off the coast through the weekend. Wind gusts of up to 30-35 mph are expected and have prompted a red flag warning from 1 to 9 p.m. today.

Humidity is expected to drop below 15 percent and the weather service is warning fire officials to watch the weather closely.

Despite a series of warnings from the weather service, fire crews have successfully cut a line around 70 percent of the 3,100-acre Angora fire in South Lake Tahoe and continue to make progress.

Fire activity has been light and crews have worked through the night to extend the line. The thick cloud of smoke which filled the Tahoe basin has dissipated and residents are beginning to return to their homes. Power crews have restored electricity to some homes along North Truckee Road.

The fire that has been burning since Sunday claimed 254 homes and other structures.

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