Authorities Focus On `Person Of Interest' In Tahoe Wildfire Probe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California (AP) - Authorities say they are studying a "person of interest" in their probe of last summer's
catastrophic Lake Tahoe wildfire, but lack enough evidence to make
an arrest.

El Dorado County District Attorney's office investigator Bill Dillard says he hopes there eventually will be an arrest.

With wildfire investigations, he says, it is not uncommon for a year or two to pass before a case is solved because a suspect can finally break his silence.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the blaze that destroyed 254 homes, caused $140 million in property damage and scorched 3,100 acres.

Investigators think the Angora Fire was caused by sparking embers from an abandoned, illegal campfire at a popular party spot near South Lake Tahoe.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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