Crews make progress on 2 lightning-caused fires in Lake Tahoe Basin
Forest Service personnel are monitoring two small fires in the Tahoe Basin caused by lightning strikes.
The Logan Fire, located northwest of Genoa Peak, is believed to have started just before Memorial Day weekend, when a series of thunderstorms moved through the region, according to the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Strong winds this past Saturday likely whipped up the fire, which grew to under 1/4 an acre. As of Tuesday, fire crews were winding down suppression activities on the fire. Crews will likely move to patrol status starting Wednesday.
A separate fire, named the Toads Fire, was caused by a lightning strike to a large tree located on the north side of Luther Pass near the Tahoe Rim Trail. Due to the size of the tree, crews are using “minimal impact suppression tactics” on the fire.
“This large tree presented a potential safety issue if we had taken a suppression strategy, we instead decided to utilize a confine and contain tactic to remove that unnecessary risk to fire crews,” Jeff Marsolais, forest supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, said in a statement.