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Locals battling Tahoe-area blaze

Firefighters from western Nevada County are helping to battle the Angora Fire near Lake Tahoe, including a special strike team and the head of the Tahoe National Forest.

The strike team 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 team was reassigned this morning 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 through tomorrow 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 another special strike team made up of state Office of Emergency Services engines assigned to various counties.

Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Steve Eubanks was dispatched to the scene to help manage operations, as were several other forest 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 sight. 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,” Westling 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.

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