Boca fire squelched while Bassetts fire rages |

Boca fire squelched while Bassetts fire rages

The fire that ignited Tuesday near Boca Reservoir was fully contained by Wednesday morning after burning 25 acres.

When firefighters responded to the scene at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, they said that they were unsure of whether crews would be able to catch the fire before it grew out of hand.

“It was incredibly windy,” said Debby Broback, fire information officer for the Tahoe National Forest. “There were white caps on Boca (Reservoir) and it really makes it difficult to catch a fire when it’s that windy.”

But by Tuesday evening more than 100 personnel were on scene, including fire fighters from the Truckee Fire Protection District, the U.S Forest Service, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and the California Department of Forestry, and responders were able to gain the upper hand.

“We had aggressive fire fighting on the ground and strong air support,” Broback said. “There were air tanker drops, there were three choppers doing drops, and the proximity to the reservoir helped the situation.”

Fire crews remained on scene Wednesday to patrol the area and extinguish any

remaining hot-spots and to investigate the fire’s cause.

“We are really happy we caught it,” Broback said. “But we need people to understand that even though it is fall we are not out of fire season, and people need to be careful because the fuels are still dry.”

Meanwhile, a fire that started Tuesday around 2 p.m. near Downieville is continuing to burn a large swath of the Tahoe National Forest in Sierra County.

As of Wednesday at noon, the Bassetts fire had burned 1,800 acres and fire fighters had yet to get a hold on the burn, according to the Yuba River Ranger District.

Highway 49 has been closed from Sierra City to Sattley, near Sierraville. Gold Lake Highway is also closed from Hwy 49 to Graeagle.

Bassetts Station was evacuated along with about 20 recreation cabins in the Carvin Creek Recreation Residence Tract, the district said. Structure protection has been stationed at the tract.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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