Firefighters battle forest fire near Lake Tahoe |

Firefighters battle forest fire near Lake Tahoe

The Associated Press

GEORGETOWN, Calif. (AP) – Steep terrain was hampering about 800 firefighters in their battle Sunday against a Sierra forest fire that was sending thick smoke over the Reno-Tahoe area.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Dana Walsh said the 3,000-acre Star Fire was burning along the Middle Fork of the American River in the Eldorado and Tahoe national forests about 25 miles west of Lake Tahoe.

No homes were threatened and no major injuries were reported.

The blaze prompted an evacuation of campers at two Forest Service campgrounds – Hellhole and French Meadows – and the closure of five mountain roads.

”We have no containment on the fire at this point,” Walsh said Sunday evening. ”There’s a very erratic spread of the fire and spotting as well.”

The fire was burning a combination of Forest Service and private land.

Forest Service spokesman Mike Lococo said the fire grew considerably in size since Saturday night when it was 150 acres.

”It’s not the largest forest fire in California at this time, but it’s the most active fire. It’s very active,” he said.

The fire was being pushed to the northeast by winds that also pushed thick smoke over the Reno-Tahoe area.

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