Crews battle wildfire near Fallen Leaf Lake |

Crews battle wildfire near Fallen Leaf Lake

Cabins and structures remained threatened in a 12-acre wildland fire that was burning Monday afternoon in the El Dorado National Forest off of Cathedral Road near Fallen Leaf Lake.

After initial reports of “significant spread” that threatened cabins and other structures in the area, attack on the fire with airplanes and helicopters has significantly slowed the spread down, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was burning in brush and trees toward Fallen Leaf Lake at Sierra Sun press time Monday.

Some of the fire path was moving to the west into an area with large rocks and the lake, which would make it a natural barrier, said Peggy O’Connell, a Forest Service dispatcher. While flames have come close to cabins in the area, there are fire crews on standby near the homes to protect them, she added.

Trees were reportedly burning rapidly in the area, with at least four trees burning at their crowns. The fire was producing a heavy amount of smoke.

Fire engines were staging at the meadow area beyond the Snopark off of Cathedral Road. The fire was burning west of the lake.

Three helicopters, four airtankers and several engines were dispatched to the scene along with several handcrews. Gusty wind conditions were expected into the afternoon.

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