Fire north of Truckee contained |

Fire north of Truckee contained

Firefighters snuffed out a small fire in the Prosser Hills area Sunday afternoon.

First noticed by the Babbitt fire lookout to the north of Truckee at 12:30 p.m., the fire reached a size of about 30 feet by 30 feet, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

Both the Forest Service and Calfire responded to the blaze.

“It was caused by an escaped campfire,” said Ann Westling, spokeswoman for Tahoe National Forest. “We’re still in campfire restrictions ” we’re not out of fire season yet.”

Campfire restrictions mean only camp stoves can be used in the national forest, while campfires can be built only in designated campgrounds, Westling said.

The Forest Service is patrolling the burn site, keeping an eye out for flare-ups, she said.

With isolated thunderstorms predicted today, Westling said the Forest Service is on the lookout for lightning-started fires.

The Forest Service rates lightning probability on a scale of one to five for lighting with precipitation, and a six for dry lighting, Westling said. Today is anticipated to be a three.

“Things are still very dry,” Westling said.

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