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Fire near school

Tahoe3_2 The blaze got within about 50 yards of the city's only high school, South Tahoe High School, where dozens of firefighters and about eight engines were in defensive positions, said Sgt. Don Atkinson of the El Dorado Sheriff's Department.

"They've got some backfires going to burn out the underbrush, so if the fire reaches the school again, it won't be so supercharged," Atkinson said. "They've probably got eight or 10 engines here around the school, so they're ready if something happens."

-- Tami Abdollah


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