Fire contained at Mount Tallac trailhead |

Fire contained at Mount Tallac trailhead

Jenifer Ragland

Crews from the U.S. Forest Service and Fallen Leaf Fire Protection District were called to a wildland fire on the west side of Fallen Leaf Lake late Monday afternoon.

As of about 6:30 p.m., a 200-gallon air tanker from Bridgeport, Calif. was able to knock down the blaze with water taken from Fallen Leaf Lake. Brian Schafer, assistant fire chief with the Lake Valley Fire Department, estimated the size of the fire at about one-third of an acre.

Schafer said when the fire broke at about 4:30 p.m., the Forest Service and Fallen Leaf firefighters were working on it with just hand tools.

An air tanker from Minden that was supposed to relieve them was diverted to another wildland fire off of Kingsbury Grade that was determined to be a more immediate threat, delaying the water relief even further, Schafer said.

“The Forest Service felt if the fire picked up, it could be a threat to some of the structures around here, so we sent three engines in,” he said. “They’re feeling confident about it, and will be on the scene until it is out.”

The fire was somewhere on the Mount Tallac trailhead over the ridge from Fallen Leaf Lake. The area is primarily covered with manzanita and brush fuel, which is more susceptible to forest fires, Schafer said.

The origin of the fire could not be confirmed by Monday’s press deadline.

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