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September 25, 2012
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Cause of Round Hill fire under investigation

U.S. Forest Service investigators are still determining the cause of a fire that burned more than 2 acres near Round Hill Friday afternoon.

The fire is believed to be human-caused, but an exact determination of the fire's origin has not been made, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck said Tuesday afternoon.

The fire burned 2.6 acres, but could have been much worse, Heck said. Firefighters were "extremely lucky" with the lack of wind at the time of the fire, she said.

"We could have been looking at another Angora," Heck said.

She said fuel treatments in the area also slowed the fire's spread.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire by about 7:30 p.m. Friday and are patrolling the area to ensure the fire does not flare up, Heck said.

The fire started about 4 p.m. between Elks Point Road and Sewer Plant Road. Air tankers and helicopters, in addition to firefighters on the ground, fought the blaze.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Sep 25, 2012 06:59PM Published Sep 25, 2012 06:58PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.