Suspicious fire doused |

Suspicious fire doused

Andy Bourelle

A small brush fire near Kingsbury Grade Wednesday morning likely was caused by suspicious activity.

“Obviously it doesn’t look like it was weather related, like a lightning strike,” said Bruce VanCleemput, assistant fire chief of the Tahoe Douglas Fire District. “That would lead us to believe it was suspicious.”

An engineer for the district was driving nearby and saw the smoke. The official went to check it out, and a Round Hill engine responded to put the fire out. It happened about 10:30 a.m.

The burn was on U.S. Forest Service land, and officials are investigating the cause.

The burn area was about 20 by 20 feet, according to VanCleemput.

“If it was a hotter day and under the right conditions, it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

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