Brush fire reported in meadow |

Brush fire reported in meadow

A brush fire in the meadow behind Springwood Drive in the Highland Woods neighborhood this afternoon was quickly extinguished, a fire official said.

The fire broke out about 1:20 p.m. and was controlled by 2:30 p.m., said South Lake Tahoe Fire Division Chief Marty Scheuerman. It burned about a quarter acre of grass and light brush.

Scheuerman was the one who initially spotted the fire, while finishing up his lunch at the Fresh Ketch restaurant.

“Wait a minute, there’s not supposed to be smoke there,” Scheuerman recalled saying.

There was little open flame from the fire and structures about 300 yards away were not considered to be in danger.

The fire’s cause remained under investigation, but Scheuerman said it was likely human-caused.

Five units from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department were assisted by the U.S. Forest Service and CalFire in fighting the fire.

The fire, in a damp area near the marsh and on a relatively cool day, is a reminder that fire season is not over.

“There’s still time to be nervous,” Scheuerman said.

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