Wildland fire extinguished behind Stateline corridor
A fire in U.S. Forest Service land a few hundred yards above Montreal and Echo roads in South Lake Tahoe charred a 75-by-75-foot swath of brush and small trees before it was contained Sunday afternoon.
South Lake Tahoe Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to the area at approximately 4:15 p.m. They were joined by units from Lake Valley and Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District before the blaze was turned over to U.S. Forest Service hand crews. Approximately 50 firefighters, including the hand crew, fire engines and a Forest Service reconnaissance helicopter, made the initial call.
“It was fairly flat terrain, moving southeast a little,” said Fred Vermillion, South Lake Tahoe fire captain. “It did crown into a couple of tiny trees.”
Because the blaze was inaccessible to trucks, fire crews ran a hose line from the base of the hill, near the road intersection. Montreal and Echo roads intersect near the state line on the California side.
The fire was contained at approximately 5 p.m. It is under investigation.
Another fire reported at 4:45 p.m. was extinguished near the third tee box at Bijou Municipal Golf Course. At its peak the fire measured 10 by 30 feet, according to dispatch reports.