Wind-fueled fire burns near Boca |

Wind-fueled fire burns near Boca

Renee Shadforth/Sierra SunCrews work on the burned area of a fire near Boca Springs Campground on Tuesday.

A fire near Boca Reservoir was estimated to be 20 acres and growing on Tuesday afternoon, as fire crews battled strong wind gusts and dry brush conditions.

“Wind is always a concern when you have a wildfire, and the fuels are really dry right now,” Truckee District Ranger Joann Robique said from the scene of the fire.

The blaze was located near Boca Springs Campground, off Stampede Meadows Road, where a fire burned in nearly the same location on Sept. 15, 2003.

As a handful firefighters sprayed down a smoldering campfire by the campground host’s motor home crews fought the blaze as it climbed the hillside east of the campground. Air tankers and firefighting helicopters dropped retardant and water on the flames.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

As the wind blew the fire east Tuesday afternoon, Debby Broback, Tahoe National Forest fire information officer, said she hoped a thinning project of more than five years ago in the area would help slow the progress of the flames.

“It may actually help us get ahead of the fire,” Broback said.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, US Forest Service, Truckee Fire Protection District, Truckee Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Nevada and Sierra counties responded to the fire.

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