Lake Tahoe fire personnel battle house fire during red flag warning
September 12, 2018
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Fire personnel responded promptly, and with force, to a house fire Wednesday amid an ongoing red flag warning for the entire Tahoe Basin.
Lake Valley Fire Protection District was first to respond to the blaze on Lodgepole Trail, off Pioneer Trail, and requested additional personnel.
"Fire crews were able to keep the fire contained to the structure of origin without having it spread to neighboring residences or the vegetation," said Lake Valley public information officer Kileigh Labrado while on scene.
A person inside the burning house reported the fire and neighbors in surrounding houses were asked to evacuate the area, according to Labrado.
The fire is under investigation, but appears to be accidental and nobody was injured, Labrado said.
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South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue, CalFire, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service, Liberty Utilities and Ed Cook's Tree Service also responded to help shut down the blaze.
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It was a heavy response due to the red flag warning, with some officials noting the resemblance between current conditions and those during the Angora Fire 11 years ago.
"It's definitely a windy day, red flag warnings are in effect and we've staffed up for the winds and crazy weather we are having right now, which is similar to when the Angora Fire started," Labrado said. "It's that time of year, low humidity, high temperatures and dying vegetation."