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Hand crews cutting line around Kingsbury blaze

Staff Reports
Shannon Litz

Fire crews are making good progress getting a line around a 10-15-acre wildfire burning north of Kingsbury Grade on Wednesday.

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Spokesman Mark Struble said no structures are threatened by the Kings fire burning about a half mile from the top of the grade.

Highway 207 is closed from Foothill Road to Tramway Drive. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but may be the result of recent lightning storms over Carson Valley.

The fire is burning sagebrush, grasses and some pine trees in extremely steep rocky terrain, Struble said.

Reported at 2:56 p.m., smoke from the blaze was visible from Carson Valley and the Lake Tahoe Basin.

East Fork Fire District firefighters responded to the blaze along with the U.S. Forest Service.

More than 80 firefighters are on scene with two hand crews and 12 engines.

High winds grounded helicopters and airplanes.

Units from Tahoe Douglas Fire District, the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Division of Forestry.

A red flag warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.