Small fire near Northstar California sparked by illegal campfire |

Small fire near Northstar California sparked by illegal campfire

Staff report
A helicopter drops water on the fire Monday afternoon.
Courtesy Ellie Waller |

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — North Tahoe and Truckee-area fire crews worked together to quickly put out a small wildfire Monday afternoon before it was able to threaten surrounding vegetation.

Crews from Calfire, U.S. Forest Service, Northstar Fire Department, and the Truckee Fire and North Tahoe Fire protection districts responded to the incident early Monday afternoon near Northstar California Resort.

According to Truckee Fire, the wildland fire between State Highway 267 and the Sawmill Reservoir area, northeast of Mount Watson, reached only a quarter-acre in size and was quickly contained.

“There is no threat to the community of Northstar or the Northstar Resort,” officials said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

A Calfire-led investigation indicates the blaze started from an illegally abandoned campfire, said Capt. Jim Conlin, fire prevention officer for the Northstar Fire Department.

“It (likely) started over the weekend, some people were camping there … it’s a nice location, they definitely took advantage of camping out there,” Conlin said.

It serves as another reminder of the importance of fire safety throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region due to the ongoing Western drought.

Snowpack in California’s Sierra Nevada is reportedly at its lowest level in the past 500 years, and the region is at a severe risk for wildfires sparking.