Fire forces evacuations near Hope Valley
August 31, 2008
Several Hope Valley businesses and homes are being threatened by a 100-acre fire along Burnside Lake Road about a mile south of Highway 88 in Alpine County south of Lake Tahoe.
The fire is crowning in treetops and is spotting to the east. High westerly winds are driving the fire, according to Sierra Front Fire Information Office Mark Struble.
Structures threatened by the fire include Sorenson’s, Hope Valley Resort, Crystal Springs Campground, Kit Carson Campground, Hope Valley Campground and some homes.
An evacuation center is being set up at Diamond Valley School in Woodfords.
Highway 88 is not closed at this time, but the Forest Service Road to Burnside Lake is closed.
Two airtankers and three hand crews are working the blaze. There is no estimate of containment or control. Struble said the cause of the fire is being investigated.
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Lake Valley and Tahoe Douglas fire agencies are responding with at least four engines, two battalions and hand crews.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune has dispatched a photographer to the scene.