UPDATE 4 p.m.: Crews getting handle on wildfire near Fallen Leaf Lake | TahoeDailyTribune.com

UPDATE 4 p.m.: Crews getting handle on wildfire near Fallen Leaf Lake

Staff reports

Cabins and structures remain threatened in a 12-acre wildland fire that is burning this afternoon in the El Dorado National Forest off of Cathedral Road near Fallen Leaf Lake.

After initial reports of “significant spread” that theatened cabins and other structures in the area, attack on the fire with airplanes and helicopters have significantly slowed the spread down, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire is burning in brush and trees toward Fallen Leaf Lake.

Some of the fire path is moving to the west into an area with large rocks and the lake which would make it a natural barrier, said Peggy O”Connell, a Forest Service dispatcher. While flames have come close to cabins in the area, there are fire crews on standby near the homes to protect them, she added.

Trees were reportedly burning rapidly in the area, with at least four trees burning at their crowns. The fire as of 4 p.m. was reportedly 12 acres in size and is producing a heavy amount of smoke.

Fire engines are staging at the meadow area beyond the Snopark off of Cathedral Road. The fire is burning west of the lake.

Three helicopters, four airtanker and several engines have been dispatched to the scene along with several handcrews.

Gusty wind conditions are expected into the afternoon.


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