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South Lake Tahoe wildfire forces evacuation of 500 homes

Posted at 8:09 AM, Oct 14, 2016

Authorities say a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for about 500 homes near South Lake Tahoe because of a wildfire burning near Camp Richardson.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the fire broke out about 1:30 a.m. Friday in the area of Cascade Lake and Emerald Bay. The fire has charred about 200 acres.

No injuries or structural damage has been reported.

The mandatory evacuations are for Spring Creek, Cathedral, the west shore of Fallen Leaf Lake, Cascade Properties and Cascade Lake.

Highway 89 is closed from Camp Richardson to Meeks Bay, the station reported.

An evacuation center has been set up at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center.

The fire is being fanned by strong winds of up to 70 mph, which could decrease later Friday. Rain is also expected.