Brush fire doused |

Brush fire doused

by Gregory Crofton

An illegal camper started a blaze Tuesday night that burned a 20-foot by 20-foot section of dense willows behind Motel 6.

South Lake Tahoe Fire had two engines and eight firefighters on scene by 7 p.m. They had to roll out hoses to attack the blaze, which was about 100 yards behind the motel. The fire was knocked out by 7:20 p.m.

“At first we didn’t see anything,” said Scott Douglass, fire battalion chief. “But then we found a well-involved fire in the willows producing very little smoke but a lot of heat.”

After they extinguished the blaze, firefighters pulled out chain saws and hacked up dead wood and cut a line in the soil around the burned ground.

The camper who caused the fire was not located.

“We found matches strewn around and we found food, blankets and a bag,” Douglass said. “It could have been a campfire or a little warming fire that spread.”

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