North Tahoe crews put out ‘suspicious’ fire in Christmas tree pile |

North Tahoe crews put out ‘suspicious’ fire in Christmas tree pile

Kevin MacMillan
The fire to this pile of Christmas trees at Preston Field started shortly after 8 a.m. Friday.
Courtesy Dennis Diullo |

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — North Lake Tahoe fire crews put out a fire that started Friday morning in the discarded pile of Christmas trees in the parking lot at Preston Field.

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District responded at about 8:10 a.m. and quickly suppressed the fire that lit up roughly 25 trees just off Highway 28, said Chief Mike Brown.

“With the cold weather we’ve got, it wasn’t spontaneous combustion,” said Brown, adding that the fire is “suspicious in nature.”

No damage was reported.

The lot at 700 Tahoe Blvd. has served for years as the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Christmas Tree Chipping Program location. This year, residents can drop off trees there until Jan. 30.

The Incline Village General Improvement District and NLTFPD partner on the program, in which all trees are chipped and used as mulch for local erosion control projects.

The incident remains under investigation, Brown said.

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