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Illegal campfire sparks small wildfire

Courtesy imageAn illegal campfire near Prosser Reservoir ignited three-quarters of an acre of surrounding forest Sunday, but the small wildfire was quickly contained by five fire engines and a water tender.
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An illegal campfire near Prosser Reservoir ignited the surrounding forest Sunday, but the small wildfire was quickly contained by five fire engines and a water tender.

“It was in an area where they are not allowed to have a campfire whatsoever,” said Linda Ferguson, fire prevention officer with the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.

The campfire was left untended and was smoldering in an area that was not cleared of vegetation when it ignited three-quarters of an acre of forest, Ferguson said.



Firefighters from the Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection extinguished the fire. Two airplanes and a helicopter were called before ground crews determined they had a handle on the burn.

The fire was spotted early by a fire engine. The lack of wind at around 11:45 a.m. on Sunday helped fire crews contain the fire quickly.



The calm day was welcome help to firefighters, who said detecting the fire early is essential to extinguishing the burn.

“Once a fire gets to be beyond an acre and there is wind, it is much more difficult to catch,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson did not find the people responsible for the campfire. The only clues were a littering of empty beer cans, she said.

“It’s the same stuff I find at all of them,” said Ferguson, who patrols the forest each day for illegal campfires.


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