UPDATE 3:40 P.M.: Air tankers, agencies assigned to controlled burn off Cathedral Road near Fallen Leaf
Two air tankers, an air attack unit, a helicopter and about 80 personnel have been assigned to fight a U.S. Forest Service controlled burn that got out of hand this afternoon near Fallen Leaf Lake.
The Forest Service-sanctioned burn, located near last month’s Cathedral fire, had gotten to a point where additional help was needed, according to U.S. Forest Service dispatcher Bob Oswald.
With about five acres burned so far, the wind-driven fire is moving to the west and south and has run up against the burn area of last month’s 30-acre Cathedral fire. No homes or structures are threatened. A smoke plume can be seen throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.
As of 3:40 p.m. firefighters may already be getting an upper hand on the fire, Oswald noted.
“It sounds like they will knock it down pretty quickly,” he said.
Back up firefighters from Fallen Leaf Fire Department, Lake Valley Fire Protection District and the California Department of Forestry were dispatched at 2 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. respectively, to Cathedral Road, approximately 1.6 miles in. Emergency dispatch at the time reported the fire to be a “slightly out of control” controlled burn.
Dispatch has gotten several calls throughout the afternoon regarding the controlled burn, according to communications supervisor Leona Allen.
“We’re getting a lot of public citizen calls which is good because it shows there is awareness out there of fire” in the basin, Allen said.