Fire at Boca snubbed |

Fire at Boca snubbed

Sun staff report

A fire broke out at about 12:15 on Wednesday just west of Boca Reservoir, but was contained before it could be added to a list of hundreds of other blazes in the state.

Response to the Boat Ramp Fire was delayed due to the lingering smoke from surrounding lightning-sparked wildfires throughout Northern California, according to officials with the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

By the time firefighters had arrived on scene the fire had grown to almost 2 acres.

Quick response of local U.S. Forest Service, CalFire and Truckee Fire Protection District personnel kept the fire from becoming much larger, said Joanne Roubique, district ranger, in a release.

The Boat Ramp Fire’s cause is still under investigation, she said.

The Boat Ramp Fire is one of 1,087 fires this year so far in Northern California and one of over 176 new fires currently burning in Northern California, an unusually high number this early in the fire year, Roubique said.

“Our firefighters are very busy. With the Fourth of July approaching we are very concerned about our tinder dry conditions” said Roubique. “The recent hot weather is making the reservoirs very attractive to the public and we expect a busy camping weekend for July 4th. We are asking everyone to be very vigilant with any activity that might cause a fire.”