Area smoke is from small fire in Nevada |

Area smoke is from small fire in Nevada

Sun staff reports

The smoke clouding Truckee-Tahoe skies Thursday afternoon is from a suspicious fire that broke out earlier in the morning on Slide Mountain near Rock Lake in Nevada.

The small fire was quickly contained, U.S. Forest Service officials said.

Named the Ophir Fire, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest personnel first received reports of the blaze around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, but were able to contain it at about one acre in size.

“There is no indication of cause but it is under investigation and is being considered a suspicious start ” obviously we haven’t had any lightning,” said Grace Newell, fire management officer for Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest.

The fire area didn’t start near a designated camping area, but it and can be accessed by car, adding to the suspicion, she said.

About 24 to 30 ground personnel from the Forest Service, Sierra Fire, and Nevada Division of Forestry were able to surround the fire with fire lines, and only mop-up efforts were predicted for today, Newell said.

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She said weather conditions helped in containing the fire with little wind interfering with the effort.

“People still need to practice fire safety when they’re out in the woods,” she said.