- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Air tankers and helicopters helped hundreds of firefighters battle a wildfire south of Lake Tahoe that has now burned more than 25 square miles.

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

Several campgrounds along Highway 4 to the north end of Markleeville have been evacuated. One firefighter had a heat-related injury but was treated and is recovering.

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

About 500 personnel are on the fire lines about 20 miles west of the Nevada border.


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