COPY-Crews make headway against massive California wildfire

Associated Press - June 26, 2007 11:33 AM ET

MEYERS, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters say they are making progress against a massive wildfire that has destroyed nearly 300 homes and buildings near Lake Tahoe's south shore in California.

Crews have about 40% of the blaze contained. The flames are still raging, but firefighters say the threat to homes is less serious. California state fire agencies say they hope to have the fire fully contained by Sunday.

About a thousand people have been forced from their homes and outbuildings since the fire started Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters say they have no reason to believe arson was involved, but they do think the fire was started by humans.

They have identified the point of origin near an area popular with joggers and teenagers.

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