Boca-area fire appears to be under control |

Boca-area fire appears to be under control

Firefighters appeared to have a handle on a 5- to 7-acre blaze approximately 1/2-mile northeast of Boca Reservoir Monday afternoon, according to the National Forest Service.

The cause of the fire, called in to dispatchers at 1:31 p.m. Monday, did not appear to be caused by lightning, and was “suspicious and under investigation,” said Cliff Snider, emergency command center manager for Tahoe National Forest.

“Forward progress was stopped by 3 o’clock (p.m.),” Snider said.

More than 100 firefighters from the Forest Service, Truckee Fire District, Northstar, California Department of Forestry and Donner Summit Fire Protection District, along with four air tankers and two helicopters were included in the initial response. An air attack plane and a lead plane aided the response.

More firefighters en route to the blaze were called off after the initial attack.

The fire occurred in a rural area, within 30 feet of an access road. No houses were threatened and no roads closed.

Boca reservoir is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Truckee, off the Hirschdale exit of Interstate 80.

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