29 Nov 2008, 11:06am
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Burn pile blamed for Fallen Leaf fire

by Adam Jensen, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Nov. 27, 2008 [here]

Wind stoking the smoldering remnants of a prescribed burn pile likely caused a small wildfire near Fallen Leaf Lake last week, a fire official said Wednesday.

The fire started at about 2 p.m. Nov. 20 and burned about an acre near Angora Ridge before firefighters contained the blaze shortly after 5 p.m.

While it’s not uncommon for slash piles to smolder following a prescribed burn, the origin of the blaze surprised firefighters because of rain at the South Shore shortly before the fire, said Lake Valley Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Michael.

The pile was left over from a Lake Valley prescribed burn about two weeks earlier and had been checked by firefighters “several times” in the interim, Michael said.

The Fallen Leaf fire [was] started [on property owned by the Tahoe Conservancy] following a Nov. 4 announcement from Cal Fire indicating recent rains had ended the fire season in the region. … [more]

Thanks to Tallac for the hot tip. See also [here]



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