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An airplane drops a load of fire retardant Tuesday over flames in the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve in the San Diego area. The fire, which covered about 500 acres, approached within 100 yards of a condominium complex, but no damage was reported. The fire was doused late Tuesday. A fast-moving wildfire burned through 7,500 acres of the Eldorado National Forest in a day, closing a highway into Lake Tahoe, Calif., and destroying about two dozen homes and cabins, officials reported. About 150 people in several mountain communities were evacuated. The city of Lake Tahoe wasn't threatened. The fire broke out Tuesday in a forest bone dry from six years of drought, said Bob Hubbell, information officer at the Interagency Command Center.