Brush fire contained |

Brush fire contained

Gregory Crofton

An illegal campfire off Columbine Trail sparked a half-acre wildland fire Wednesday morning.

People in the area of Pioneer Trail reported smoke from the blaze about 9 a.m. Lake Valley Fire, U.S. Forest Service firefighters and a helicopter had the fire knocked down by 9:45 a.m.

“It was very difficult to find because of drifting smoke,” said U.S. Forest Service Fire Capt. Rick Brower. “It had a great deal of potential but we were able to knock it down real quick.”

About 20 firefighters worked the blaze. Forest Service had three engines at the scene. Lake Valley had one.

Brower said the campers who started the fire could not be located. He also warned that fire danger remains extremely high.

“It still very dry out there,” Brower said. “Campfires are still prohibited in the Lake Tahoe Basin.”

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