Sheridan fire damages home
November 1, 2018
While the cause of a brush fire that claimed a Sheridan home on Sunday is under investigation, firefighters reminded residents to follow open burning regulations.
Broadcast reports are that the fire began as a controlled burn at 1:30 p.m. The blaze spread to the Indian Trail home's attic before firefighters arrived on scene.
Battalion Chief Troy Valenzuela said firefighters arrived to find afternoon winds were driving the fire toward neighboring homes.
"Personnel moved quickly on what equates to two separate incidents, a wildland fire and a structure fire, with good success," Valenzuela said. "The structure fire proved to be a bit more of a challenge with fire behavior intensifying and difficult access to areas of the structure."
Crews were able to get the upper hand on both fires after about an hour and eliminate the threats to neighboring homes and property.
"The structure sustained major heat and smoke damage but significant fire extension was limited to one-third of the house," Valenzuela said.
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The wildland fire was contained to 2.8 acres. Approximately 30 East Fork personnel and one engine from Tahoe Douglas fire worked at the incident scene for more than six hours to achieve final extinguishment.
Mutual aid resources from surrounding agencies were deployed to assist on other calls within the district. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.
The fire occurred during a red flag warning for critical fire danger. A 30 mph wind gust was recorded at Minden Tahoe Airport at 2:30 p.m.
"East Fork Fire Protection District would like to issue a reminder to burn safely and within allowable limits as described on the burn permits," Valenzuela said. "We have not yet received enough ground moisture in the area and grass and brush will still burn very quickly."