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Faulty catalytic converter cause of eight small fires Sunday in Truckee

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Local, state and federal fire crews quickly extinguished eight small vegetation fires that sparked Sunday afternoon along the eastern side of Glenshire Drive.

The fires were apparently caused by a malfunctioning catalytic converter on a vehicle while it drove down Glenshire, said Doug Mackey, a fire captain specialist with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Calfire).

Sunday's fires were reported at about 5 p.m., drawing crews from Truckee Fire Protection District, Calfire and U.S. Forest Service, which is typical of instances involving brush fires in the drought-stricken Truckee-Tahoe region, Mackey said.

The fires were extinguished within an approximate 200-yard expanse, Mackey said, in an area from Hirschdale to Whitehorse Drive.

No one was injured. No structures were threatened, Mackey said.

According to Truckee Fire, the fires started near Whitehorse on state responsibility area land before quickly being contained. Officials with the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and Truckee Police Department also responded.

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While an initial Truckee Fire report indicated five fires had occurred, Calfire confirmed there indeed were eight.

Residents took quick action to report and fight the fires, which prevented them from spreading, according to Truckee Fire.

Fire crews on Monday were mopping up the area and will continue to check for smoke over the next few days.

Mackey noted it's a good reminder for motorists to check possibly faulty components on vehicles, especially during the dry summer months, to avoid potential fire-starters.

The Sunday fire was the second incident to occur in the area over the weekend.

Late Friday morning, Truckee Fire and USFS crews quickly put out a small vegetation fire near the Legacy Trail at the eastern entrance of Glenshire, according to TFPD.

That 50-by-50-foot fire, reportedly caused by downed power lines, remains under investigation.