Investigator sent to Hope Valley
August 31, 2008
As a fast-moving wildfire near Hope Valley south of Lake Tahoe is being fought across state lines, an investigator has been sent to look into the fire’s suspicious origins, authorities said.
While the winds have been blustery in the region, there haven’t been any lightning strikes reported today.
The fire broke out this afternoon on Burnside Lakes Road in Alpine County south of Lake Tahoe, forcing the evacuation of campgrounds and resorts in the area.
Structures threatened include the Sorenson’s Resort, Hope Valley Resort, Crystal Springs Campground, Kit Carson Campground ” all in the Carson River Canyon along highways 88 and 89, Hope Valley Campground, south of the fire perimeter, and some residences.
Evacuations are in progress under the jurisdiction of Alpine County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation center is being set up at the Diamond Valley School located a half mile east of highways 88 and 89 off Diamond Valley Road at 35 Hawkside Drive.
There are no highway closures at this time. The Forest Service Roads to Burnside Lake and Pickett’s Peak are closed, officials said. Blue Lakes Road remains open.
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Fire information officer Mark Struble says the 100-acre blaze is making runs in heavy timber and is currently threatening the Sorenson’s and Hope Valley resorts.
Fire officials have called in air tankers and helicopters to respond to the fire as part of an all-out attack.
The fire is crowning in the treetops and is spotting to the east ahead of the main fire, Struble said. The area is under Red Flag Warning until p.m. this evening due to high westerly winds from the passage of a cold front and very low relative humidity.
A Tribune staff photographer is at the scene.