2 died in aircraft crash near Mount Rose ski resort; fire 95 percent contained | TheUnion.com

2 died in aircraft crash near Mount Rose ski resort; fire 95 percent contained

Tahoe Daily Tribune

UPDATE

Authorities in Reno say two people died in the weekend crash of a glider aircraft that apparently sparked a wildfire that officials had feared might climb a steep and scenic slope toward the Mount Rose Ski Tahoe resort.

The Reno Gazette Journal reports the Washoe County medical examiner's office was trying Tuesday to identify the victims of the Sunday afternoon crash on Slide Mountain.

The bodies were retrieved by a Washoe County sheriff's office helicopter.

Truckee Tahoe Airport official Hardy Bullock told the newspaper the glider had taken off from the California airport north of Lake Tahoe.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Recommended Stories For You

Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest spokeswoman Erica Hupp says the wildfire grew to 64 acres (26 hectares) but was 95 percent contained by Tuesday.

Original Story

A wildfire believed to be caused by a deadly aircraft crash broke out Sunday afternoon, Sept. 2, on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Mount Rose — Ski Tahoe.

The brush and timber fueled, Slide Fire, has grown to 80 acres as of 9:29 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, according to the US Forest Service, and is 10 percent contained.

Ian Gregor, public affairs manager with the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email to the forest service, that an unidentified aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in the area where the fire occurred. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed a single death as the result of a small recreational aircraft going down in the area.

The sheriff’s office also reported its RAVEN helicopter crew, detectives, and HASTY volunteers were assisting the Federal Aviation Administration in the ongoing investigation.

The fire is 1 mile southeast of Mount Rose's Winters Creek Lodge in the resort's Slide Bowl area. The forest service reported that 160 personnel have been onsite during the day, along with eight engines and four helicopters.

This post will be updated.

UPDATE

Crews have nearly contained a wildfire burning near Mount Rose ski resort.

An update posted Tuesday morning stated the Slide Fire was at 95 percent containment.

The fire is 1 mile southeast of the Winter Creek Lodge in the Slide Bowl area of the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.

The public will see occasional smoke from flare ups over the next several days. Authorities ask the public not to report the smoke as firefighters are on scene.

UPDATE: FIRE NEAR MOUNT ROSE AT 50 PERCENT CONTAINMENT

A fire burning near Mount Rose ski resort is at 50 percent containment.

An 8 p.m. update from the U.S. Forest Service Monday decreased the size of the fire, named the Slide Fire, from 80 to 64 acres.

"The fire was mapped late this afternoon, which resulted in the reduction in acreage," stated a tweet from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

The fire started Sunday after an aircraft crashed near Mount Rose Ski Tahoe. Authorities recovered one body Monday. They haven't ruled out the possibility of additional fatalities in the crash.

UPDATE: WASHOE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONFIRMS 1 DEATH IN AIRCRAFT CRASH NEAR MOUNT ROSE

Law enforcement has confirmed one fatality in an aircraft crash that is believed to have caused a fire burning near Mount Rose ski resort.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office HASTY team removed the remains of an individual Monday, a day after an aircraft crashed near Mount Rose Ski Tahoe and a wildfire erupted.

The sheriff's office is not ruling out the possibility of additional fatalities, according to Bob Harmon, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

The medical examiner's office is conducting an investigation into the fatality.

Detectives say there are no signs of anything suspicious.

ORIGINAL POST: FIRE BURNING NEAR MOUNT ROSE SKI RESORT 10 PERCENT CONTAINED

A fire that appears to have started after an aircraft crashed near Mount Rose ski resort Sunday is 10 percent contained.

Named the Slide Fire, the blaze currently stands at 80 acres and is burning timber and brush in extremely rough, steep terrain, according to an update from the U.S. Forest Service this morning. A total of 160 personnel are on site working to secure and reinforce containment lines.

The fire was reported around 2:15 p.m. Sunday on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

It is burning 1 mile southeast of the Winter Creek Lodge in the Slide Bowl area of Mount Rose Ski Tahoe. No structures are currently threatened.

Although the specific cause of the fire is under investigation, Federal Aviation Administration public affairs manager Ian Gregor said an unidentified aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in the area where the fire started.

It's unclear how many people were on the aircraft.

The public will see occasional smoke over the next several days, according to the Forest Service, which is asking the public not to report smoke from the incident.

Authorities also are asking recreationists to stay out of the Brown’s Creek and Davis Creek areas.

North Washoe Valley Road (Old U.S. Route 395A) has been reopened.

Resources at the blaze include eight engines, four hand crews and four helicopters. Additional air resources will be used if needed, according to the Forest Service.