Blaze rages |

Blaze rages

Firefighters from western Nevada County are helping to battle the Angora Fire near Lake Tahoe, including a highly experienced crew and leaders of the Tahoe National Forest and Grass Valley Fire Department.

The group led by Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Battalion Chief Spike Newby worked the blaze Monday and got about four to five hours of sleep, according to district chief Tim Fike.

The firefighters were reassigned Tuesday to mop up the area where about 225 structures and homes were burned just below the southern tip of the lake. The assignment will continue until today for five engines, with four firefighters each from the Consolidated, Higgins, Peardale-Chicago Park, Ophir Hill and Grass Valley fire departments, Fike said.

“No one’s been injured,” Fike said. “Everybody’s OK.”

Fike said Grass Valley Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Browning also is at the fire leading a group comprised of state Office of Emergency Services engines.

Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Steve Eubanks was dispatched to the scene to help manage operations, along with other forest service leaders, according to spokesperson Ann Westling.

The TNF also sent in a helicopter attack team from the White Cloud fire station on Highway 20 to repel into the blaze. The seasoned Tahoe Hot Shots were also sent, Westling said.

“We put them into the spots where regular firefighters don’t have the training and experience to go,” she said.

Seven engines, three hand crews and four fire managers from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s area unit also were dispatched to the scene, according to a spokesperson at the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

Tahoe roads

All highways have been reopened, except Highway 89 on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, the California Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

Due to the Angora Fire, Highway 89 remains closed to southbound traffic at Bliss State Park and to northbound traffic five miles north of the Highway 50 junction.

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