Nearly 15,000 acres burned south of Lake Tahoe

Jun 23, 2015 12:49 PM by News Staff, Photo: InciWeb

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Air tankers and helicopters helped hundreds of firefighters battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe that has now burned nearly 15,000 acres.

No structures have been damaged but the California mountain town of Markleeville remained on standby for possible evacuations.

Several campgrounds along Highway 4 to the north end of Markleeville have been evacuated. No one has been injured.

The fire was started by lightning Friday night and has been sparked by strong erratic winds and severe drought conditions.

About 500 personnel were expected to be on the fire lines about 20 miles west of the Nevada border by Tuesday.

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