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June 12, 2013
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Wildfire burning on Kingsbury Grade

Firefighters are assessing an approximately 5-10-acre wildfire on the Carson Valley side of Kingsbury Grade that is growing in size.

The fire is spreading at a moderate rate to the northeast, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.

Douglas County dispatchers received a report of the fire about 3 p.m. The fire is located about a mile from the top of the grade, according to a Wednesday afternoon press release.

“The wind is blowing strong and pushing the fire in a northeast direction,” according to the release.

Nevada Highway Patrol have been called in to close Kingsbury Grade from the summit to the Carson Valley floor. Responders have asked people to stay away from Kingsbury Grade.

All East Fork volunteers have been called to their stations to handle calls while the district is engaged fighting the fire. Agencies that have responded to the blaze so far include the Tahoe Douglas Fire District, U.S. Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry.

There’s no room on Kingsbury Grade for through traffic and staging areas are in the Park and Ride at the base of the grade.

No structures are immediately threatened by the fire. Firefighters are concerned that if the fire continues in the direction it’s headed, downslope winds could drive it into Genoa.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 13, 2013 10:09AM Published Jun 13, 2013 10:23AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.