Update 2:20 p.m.: Plumas, Elephant fires outside of basin push heavy smoke into region, thunderstorms possible this afternoon | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Update 2:20 p.m.: Plumas, Elephant fires outside of basin push heavy smoke into region, thunderstorms possible this afternoon

A fire burning out of control in Plumas County to the north, and a brush fire near Topaz in South Douglas County has pushed dense smoke into the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The Antelope Fire at the Antelope Lake Recreation Area north of Reno in the Plumas National Forest, began on Thursday and so far has burned 11,500 acres and is 10 percent contained as of 7:30 this morning, according to the Web site cdfdata.fire.ca.gov

Meanwhile, firefighters battled 100-plus degree temperatures and light winds Friday night to get the upper hand on the Sleeping Elephant fire at Topaz Ranch Estates south of Highway 208.

Firefighters expect to have a line all the way around the 750-acre fire by 6 p.m. today. As of this morning the fire was 80 percent contained.

Warm temperatures should continue through Monday with highs climbing toward 100 and lows around 60 in the valleys.

There is a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms today and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.


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