Wildfire scorches 84 acres Monday north of Lake Tahoe
Sierra Sun Community Editor Amy Edgett drove out to the scene Monday afternoon and captured several images of the fire, smoke and response from regional emergency crews.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Emergency crews worked quickly to extinguish a wildfire that charred 84 acres Monday in the area of Boca Reservoir.
The blaze — dubbed the Boca Fire — started for unknown reasons at 3 p.m. and ballooned to 75 acres by 6 p.m., officials said.
It eventually grew to 84 acres before it was 100 percent contained by 10 p.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
No on was hurt and no structures were threatened, said Paul Spencer, public information officer for the Truckee Fire Protection District, and the nearby Glenshire subdivision was never in danger.
The fire burned off Interstate 80 near the old Boca township, east of the reservoir’s dam.
“I live on the bluff directly across from the fire; had a bird’s-eye-view,” said Truckee resident Marianne Porter. “Scary, but amazing and impressive action by local and state fire officials.”
The nearby Boca Springs campground, east of the reservoir in the Tahoe National Forest, was evacuated as a precaution, according to USFS. People were allowed to come back Monday evening.
Windy conditions and the dry nature of the Sierra landscape due to the ongoing drought enabled the blaze to spread and run up the slopes east of Boca.
Forward progress was stopped just before 6 p.m., according to Truckee Fire.
Officials from Truckee Fire and USFS, as well as Calfire, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Squaw Valley Fire Protection District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Northstar Fire Protection District responded.
In all, 21 engines, four air tankers, three helicopters, four water tenders and two dozers, along with several ground crews, responded.