Kings Beach wildfire quickly contained |

Kings Beach wildfire quickly contained

A small forest fire that flared up in heavy timber just outside of the Kingswood subdivision in Kings Beach was quickly contained using helicopters and an airplane that flew over from the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe.

The 1.5-acre fire still produced a column of smoke that could be seen around the North Shore before it was doused by the aircraft and local firefighters.

“We were able to get a lot of resources on it quickly,” said North Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Duane Whitelaw. “Normally it could take 40 minutes.”

A U.S. Forest Service investigator was on the way to the fire on Wednesday morning to analyze the scene, said Whitelaw.

The fire has been deemed “suspicious” because no lightning or other natural fire starters were observed or known to be in the area.

The firefighters quick response was even more urgent today, when winds are supposed to kick up in the afternoon and create “red flag” fire conditions.

“We’re all on pins and needles,” said Whitelaw.

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