COPY-Fast-moving wildfire in California destroys 220 homes

Associated Press - June 25, 2007 12:23 PM ET

MEYERS, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 500 firefighters are trying to corral a raging forest fire near Lake Tahoe in California today.

At least 220 homes have been destroyed by the 2,500 acre blaze near the south end of the lake, but no injuries have been reported. Authorities believe it was sparked by human activity.

They say the fire is less than ten-percent contained. But a Forest Service spokesman says the weather overnight helped crews make some progress.

Elsewhere, a 6,000 acre brush fire has forced the evacuation of some homes in Rosamond, California, about 80 miles north of Los Angeles.

And in Alaska, crews are working to protect hundreds of home on the scenic Kenai (KEE'-ny) Peninsula, where a forest fire has burned some 81 square miles since Tuesday.

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