Lake Tahoe Wildfire Now 100 Percent Contained

Most of the mandatory evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted after firefighters were able to contain that wildfire near Lake Tahoe.

With fire officials declaring this morning they have the fire 100 percent contained, they'll be sending about 200 of the 450 firefighters still on the scene home by the end of the day today.

Environmental teams will be moving into the fire-damaged forest. They'll be working on trying to figure out how to minimize erosion into Lake Tahoe.

Investigators have identified the cause of the blaze as an illegal campfire built in a campfire-restricted area near Seneca Pond, a popular recreation area south of Lake Tahoe.

About 3,100 acres, nearly five square miles, were consumed in the fire. At least 254 homes have been destroyed.

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