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Gondola offers views of firefighters

Lauren Halsted, Tahoe Daily Tribune

The Heavenly Gondola resumed business as usual Saturday.

Signs posted on the cashier’s window advised people with respiratory problems not to ride the gondola because of lingering smoke.

The sign, which also strictly prohibiting smoking, did not deter customers.

Jane and Roger Wright, from Indiana, and Ann Wright of Portland, Ore., wanted to ride the gondola just for the views.

They saw firefighters working the smoldering bushes and logs on the hillside. That wasn’t the reason, however, they took the 2.4 mile journey up the mountainside.

They “just wanted to see the views,” Jane Wright said. The fire was “an added feature. I’ve never seen a forest fire before.”

The gondola seemed busy Sunday afternoon, with customers lining up to buy tickets.

Ticket Supervisor Ryan Brown said he couldn’t comment on weekend ticket sales.

“It’s hard to guess because I wasn’t here last year and we’ve never had a fire before,” he said.

Ingrid and Wolfgang Vogel, from Southern California, brought their friend Maria Adrian, from Germany, to the gondola to see the views.

“We saw firefighters up there,” Ingrid Vogel said. The group, however, did not see the smoke until they looked up the mountain from Highway 50.

“I like the overview. It looks like heaven,” Ingrid Vogel said. “When you come here you have to see the views.”

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