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Wildfire burns quarter-acre

A small wildland fire on Wednesday morning burned a quarter-acre in a meadow off Emerald Bay Road. The blaze was caused by someone camping illegally in the area, said U.S. Forest Service Fire Investigator Van Fosse.

The fire was reported by someone who saw smoke at 11:52 a.m. Firefighters contained the blaze by 12:15 p.m.

It burned a group of small pines located one-quarter of a mile off the road on National Forest land just past Saint Francis of the Woods Condominiums.

“We believe it was caused by a transient,” Fosse said. “We found a sleeping bag and other stuff. This area is known as a transient area. We found a whole lean-to around the corner.”

Fosse said the fire danger is as high now as it normally is in September. He urged people to be “extra safe” because “it’s drier than a popcorn fart.”

A resident with a shovel was first on scene. South Lake Tahoe firefighters came next and were joined by Lake Valley Fire and 27 U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

Water trucks were snaked through the woods on dirt roads to get water on the fire.

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