BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters knock down blaze near Freel Peak |

BREAKING NEWS: Firefighters knock down blaze near Freel Peak

A handcrew team of about 20 firefighters were able to knock down a fire overnight at the southern end of the Lake Tahoe Basin near Freel Peak.

The 1/2-acre fire that started Thursday night was fully contained as of 11:30 a.m. Friday morning, said Steve Burns, assistant fire management officer for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

“They spent the night on it and two helicopters made drops onto it this morning,” Burns said. “The fire is contained and controlled.”

Spotted by aircraft, the fire was located on a ridgetop near Star Lake above High Meadow. No homes or structures were threatened in the high alpine area.

Thunderstorms caused at least 13 fires Thursday throughout western Nevada and the Sierra. The storms are expected to continue Friday and Saturday afternoons, with flash flood watch advisories in effect for the Carson Valley.

The largest was the Border fire, involving about 100 acres. It was burning 1.5 miles north of Bordertown, near the California line and east of U.S. 395.

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“They are holding their own on that one and getting a good handle on that,” Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center spokesman Mark Struble said. “They are using single-engine tankers and just plastering that one.”

Fires were reported from Bordertown south to Alpine County, Calif. Authorities received at least 25 reports of smoke or fires. All were at or near containment Friday.

“It’s like moving dominoes all over the place,” Struble said. “If you don’t find anything, you go to the next one and report back.”

No structures were threatened and there were no reports of any injuries.