Huge wildfire near Lake Tahoe slows as weather improves

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say better weather has slow the growth of the huge California wildfire that has been threatening the Lake Tahoe resort region.

Fire commanders expressed cautious optimism Friday morning about their ability to prevent it from destroying homes in and around the city of South Lake Tahoe.

But they urged firefighters to continue taking advantage of the calmer weather.

The fire covers nearly 333 square miles and containment has increased to 29%.

About 22,000 residents who were forced to flee South Lake Tahoe earlier this week remained evacuated along with people across the state line in Douglas County, Nevada.

Officials say the timeline for repopulating those areas remains uncertain.

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