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Quick response takes down meadow fire

Christina Proctor

Dry grass in a city meadow near Bijou Park was quickly consumed by a wildland fire Thursday afternoon. A little more than an acre of meadow was blackened in the blaze.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is unknown. The meadow area, located south of a private meadow and between Pioneer Village and the Glenwood neighborhood is crisscrossed with pathways and human error could be a factor.

“When we got here it was trying to make a run up the meadow,” said South Lake Tahoe Fire Capt. Scott Douglass. “The wind was going toward the lake and it kept kicking it up.”

Douglass, a wildland fire specialist, said the wind died down allowing the firefighters to get a handle on the fire. Firefighters arrived at the meadow at 3:45 p.m. and less than an hour later the fire was called in under control. Still, it wasn’t the end of the day for the firefighters. Division Chief Merle Bowman said they would leave patrols out in the meadow most of the night to ensure no smoldering patches reignited.

The fire was the second this month. Four 15-year-old boys allegedly started a fire in the meadow with a stolen vehicle last week. According to the police report, the boys were taking the car for a joyride when the catalytic converter started a fire in the weeds.

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