Crews get handle on fire near Fallen Leaf Lake |

Crews get handle on fire near Fallen Leaf Lake

Staff report

While smoke remains visible this morning, crews made progress overnight fighting the Cathedral fire north of Fallen Leaf Lake.

A perimeter has been established around the 25-acre fire. Structures are no longer threatened, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

For public safety reasons, the Forest Service has closed Cathedral Road off of Highway 89 as well as the Mount Tallac, Spring Creek and Stanford Camp trails and the Lilly Lake parking lot through Glen Alpine.

Full containment of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. tonight.

There are 12 engines and six crews fighting the fire, along with two helicopters and two airtankers that are on standby.

There is concern that winds will become gusty this afternoon, according to the Forest Service. Wind speeds are forecasted at between 10 and 25 mph.

The Forest Service is reminding people to contain their campfires to designated areas only. Fire danger remains high in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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