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Tahoe officials: Tuesday brush fire was human-caused

Courtesy Nick Webber

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Officials are investigating what ignited a brush fire early Tuesday morning that scorched a half acre of land on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.

According to the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, crews responded to the fire at about 3:17 a.m. at 400 Fairview Blvd., between the Championship Golf Course and Diamond Peak Ski Resort.

Some smaller pine trees were engulfed when crews arrived, said NLTFPD Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan, and flames were 50 to 60 feet high.

The fire — which was “human-caused,” Regan said — was fully contained at 3:38 p.m. No one was hurt, and a neighboring home was not damaged.

Tuesday’s fire occurred during a time of extreme fire danger throughout the Truckee/Tahoe region, considering recent temperatures in the upper-80s and 90s and the dry 2012-13 winter.

Diligent defensible space in the area helped crews contain the blaze, Regan said.

“The neighbor’s defensible space probably saved that house from catching on fire,” he said. “One of witnesses said they saw a straight line of fire, and then it just stopped. It just stopped right along the straight line.”

Defensible space is the buffer between a house and an oncoming wildfire, in which vegetation has been modified to reduce the threat. Ways to create defensible space include removing dead plants from your yard, cleaning up dead and dry pine needles and leaves and trimming trees to keep branches away from those on other trees.

Three NLTFPD brush trucks and one rescue truck responded, Regan said. Anyone with information about the fire should contact Regan at 775-461-6200.

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