Carson River Resort fire cause under investigation |

Carson River Resort fire cause under investigation

Firefighters sift through the wreckage of the Carson River Resort on Sunday seeking the cause of a fire that claimed two of the resorts buildings and a motorhome.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Investigators were sifting through the smoldering remains of two of the buildings at the Carson River Resort on Sunday morning, as fire crews mopped up the remains of a 29-acre wildfire.

A fire official on scene confirmed that the fire started in the resort and spread to the wildland.

Investigators were examining the wreckage of a shop on Sunday. No cause for the fire has been released.

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch spokeswoman Helen Frazier said firefighters had the fire contained by 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fire is being managed by Alpine County and U.S. Forest Service personnel.

An estimated 160 firefighters responded to the blaze, including three handcrews and dozens of engines, including at least three from East Fork Fire District.

The fire claimed a cabin and workshop on the north end of the resort, as well as a motorhome.

Firefighters said early on that the motorhome was the conduit for the fire into the forest.

Formerly known as the East Fork Resort, the Carson River Resort was rechristened in 1999.

There are five cabins for rent, according to the resort’s web site. There is also an RV Park and a campground. The resort is located along the Carson River’s East Fork.

The resort was threatened by last summer’s Washington Fire, which burned to within sight of the popular fishing vacation spot.