Fire department investigating early morning fire |

Fire department investigating early morning fire

Submitted to the TribuneA half-acre fire ignited near Stateline at 5:30 a.m. today. Crews had the fire contained within an hour, said South Lake Tahoe Fire Department Division Chief Marty Scheuerman.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department is investigating a small wildfire that burnt near Heavenly this morning that could have grown larger in different conditions, said Division Chief Marty Scheuerman.

The fire burnt about a half an acre of mixed timber and brush before being fully extinguished.

“Luckily there was no wind on it,” Scheuerman said. “Had there been some wind on it this would have been a much bigger event.”

Crews from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire responded to the fire that started about 5:30 p.m. The fire was contained within an hour, Scheuerman said. It was located about a half a mile behind the Raley’s in the Crescent V Shopping Center.

Although the fire is still being investigated it was definitely human caused, Scheuerman said. People need to continue to be cautious with fire, even as temperatures drop.

“I think people have been lulled into a false sense of security because it has been a wet and uneventful summer,” Scheuerman said. “Right now our fuels are at a point where they could still burn. People need to be careful. The fuels are still pretty dry and can carry a lot of fire.”

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, responded another wildfire about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, about a half a mile off of Al Tahoe Boulevard in the Springmeyer Land Conservancy area. The fire was human caused and burned a small 30 by 30-foot area of grass and duff. Four units from the City of South Lake Tahoe Fire responded with one unit each from Lake Valley Fire District, the U.S. Forest Service, and Cal Fire.

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