Wind blamed for small brush fire
A small grass fire began when the wind blew powerlines into the trees near Sheridan Acres Volunteer Fire Station at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
East Fork firefighters responded quickly and were able to knock the 600-square-foot fire down within 10 minutes.
A red flag warning for critical fire danger and a high-wind warning are in effect through 11 p.m. today.
East Fork Brush 12 responded to a 100-acre fire in Truckee Meadows as part of the Lake Tahoe Fire Chiefs Association mutual aid agreement.
“This is a nice repayment for the assistance last night from Truckee Meadows, Reno, Storey, Carson City, Tahoe Douglas Fire, Mono County EMS and REMSA for our structure fire,” Deputy Chief Doug Fogerson said.
He said those three positions have been covered
“Due to the potential fire conditions, we have up-staffed by one firefighter so Engine 12 is staffed with three personnel, one of whom can bring Water Tender 12 if needed,” he said. “Our career staffing is sitting at one above normal. We have eight volunteers who indicated they are available to come in today if we get a fire. The crews working today are on day two of their 48-hour shift.”
Minden-Tahoe Airport recorded a 41 mph wind gust at 1:55 p.m. A wind gauge at the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire at 52 mph at 2:33 p.m.