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September 3, 2012
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Fire crews contain 2.8-acre blaze in Desolation Wilderness

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — A fire that broke out in a popular hiking and backpacking destination near Lake Tahoe has been contained.

On Sunday at about 10:15 a.m., a fire sparked in Desolation Wilderness, just southwest of Lake Tahoe, said Ann Loeffler, assistant manager at the Camino Interagency Dispatch Center.

The fire, which was about a half-mile from Duck Lake, burned 2.8 acres in the wilderness before crews officially contained the fire at 7:50 a.m. Monday, Loeffler said.

U.S. Forest Service crews executed a couple of water drops from a helicopter while two 20-person crews were hiking to the fire from the Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Crews will continue to monitor the fire overnight into Tuesday.

“They won't leave until it is good and cold,” Loeffler said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Desolation Wilderness is a 70,000-acre federally protected wilderness area located along the crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The wilderness features extensive areas of bare granite and a landscape dotted with small alpine lakes, making it a popular backpacking destination.

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