Wildfire burning near Heavenly Valley Ski Resort
A wildfire is burning out of control east of South Lake Tahoe near the Heavenly Ski resort.
The fire began around noon.
The areas of upper Kingsbury Grade, from East Benjamin Drive to the top of Daggett Summit is being evacuated on a voluntary basis.
All available fire resources on both the Nevada and California sides were responding, as well as fire protection agencies from throughout the basin, Douglas County and Carson City.
Police scanner reports say there are about 200 people stranded on top of at the top of the Heavenly gondola. Police reports that those stranded are not in the way of the fire.
“The fire climbed the hill quickly, just east of the Gondola,” said a fire official.
Summit Village homeowner Rick DiSalvo, who was in the evacuation area said he smelled smoke around noon, and about an hour later saw large plumes of smoke billow into the air.
Evacuees will be taken to Douglas High School in Minden. Some 1200 people live in the evacuated area.
Roads are closed along Highway 208, west bound and east bound on Kingsbury Grade.
The Tribune will update this story on the Web site as it develops.