Fires out, cost still smolders |

Fires out, cost still smolders

The flames are no longer a threat, but the price tag for combatting 45 wind-driven fires between Graniteville and Bowman Lake will take a while to tabulate.

Some of the cost will be billed to Sierra Pacific Industries, whose land accounted for most of the effected 300 to 400 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Contained Wednesday, the fires spread Monday from piles of smoldering logging debris after winds reaching 50 mph hit the area, Tahoe National Forest spokeswoman Ann Westling said.

Westling said the Forest Service informed SPI of the billing process early on, but the final amount hasn’t been determined.

SPI district manager Tim Feller said: “I appreciate their help. I just didn’t know they were going to bill us.”

The Forest Service and SPI worked together in fighting the fires, along with many other agencies, including Plumas National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, 49er Fire Protection District, California Youth Authority at Washington Ridge and Robinson Enterprises.

In all, about 150 firefighters were involved, along with 10 engines, five hand crews, four bulldozers, four water tenders and an air attack plane.

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