Threat of wildfire to historic Sierra town subsides

Jun 28, 2015 1:07 PM by News Staff

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A major wildfire's threat to a historic town south of Lake Tahoe is subsiding.

Fire officials said Saturday that an evacuation advisory for Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs Campground has been lifted.

The lightning-caused Washington Fire was 29 percent surrounded after burning about 27 square miles.

The contained section was near Markleeville. But much of the fire was in steep terrain, and firefighters were struggling to surround it.

Officials say the fire has cost about $6.4 million to fight so far, and nearly 1,200 firefighters are battling it.

No injuries were reported.

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