Star Fire is history |

Star Fire is history

Jeremy Morrison, Sierra Sun News Service

TAHOE CITY – Officials hope to have the Star Fire squelched for good within a few days. The fire was contained on Sept. 13.

“The plan is, by the end of the week the fire will be, not completely but almost, out and we turn it back to the forest,” said Jean Schaeppi, a spokesperson the Star Fire operations.

Starting near French Meadows on Aug. 25, the Star Fire has consumed 16,761 acres of Tahoe National Forest.

As of Sept. 14, the fire was under control with the exception of a still-burning area in the steep, inaccessible Duncan Canyon.

Crews were airlifted into the canyon to dig lines around the fire.

At its peak, the Star Fire required the efforts of more than 2,000 firefighters.

Currently there are less than 500 persons battling the blaze, according to Schaeppi.

Those that remain on scene are working to extinguish the life-hungry embers.

“There are still hot spots – typically tree stumps and the sort – and we’re working on those right now,” Schaeppi said, explaining that both ground crews and heat-sensing aerial sweeps were being employed.

The Star Fire has thus far cost $22.2 million.

No cause for the fire has been announced by investigators.

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