Crews put out 3rd house fire this year in Tahoe neighborhood
September 24, 2013
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Officials quickly extinguished a small house fire last week in a neighborhood that's seen two other blazes this year.
North Tahoe Fire Protection District crews responded to the fire at 2105 Green Glen Court in the Talmont area of Tahoe City at about noon on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
High winds that day caused a barbecue to blow over, starting the home's deck on fire, Dave Zaski, the district's pubic information officer, said Monday.
A neighbor spotted smoke and called 911, Zaski said. North Tahoe Engine 51 arrived within minutes, and the fire was put out before it could enter the home. No one was hurt in the incident.
"Our firefighters definitely did a great job — they went right after it," Zaski said.
Crews from Calfire, Squaw Valley Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service assisted to ensure surrounding wildland was not threatened, Zaski said.
The incident should remind residents the constant dangers of wildfire in the Truckee/Tahoe region, he said, and the importance of performing defensible space.
Defensible space is the buffer between a house and an oncoming wildfire, in which vegetation has been modified to reduce the threat. Ways to create defensible space include removing dead plants from your yard, cleaning up dead and dry pine needles and leaves and trimming trees to keep branches away from those on other trees.
Last week's fire was the third in the Talmont neighborhood this year, all accidentally caused.
In the early morning hours of June 19, a fire destroyed a home at 1895 Silver Tip Drive. The home's lone occupant escaped with his dog; both were not hurt. "Smoking materials" started the fire, according to previous reports.
On Jan. 13, a home at 491 Club Drive was destroyed and its four occupants were displaced due to a fire that started after an ember escaped the home's fireplace. The occupants' three dogs reportedly died in the blaze.