Fire breaks out near town of Washington |

Fire breaks out near town of Washington

A fire ignited about two acres of heavy brush in the Tahoe National Forest downstream from the town of Washington Sunday, the U.S. Forest Service reported.

The fire, which started at around 1:25 p.m. off Relief Road, some four miles from Washington, was contained some three hours later, fire reports indicate.

The fire did not threaten any homes, said Mervin Lee, chief of the Washington Volunteer Fire Department, one of the agencies that responded to the call.

“We still don’t have a cause,” he said.

The Forest Service did an excellent job of responding to the fire, sending the necessary resources, Lee said.

Low winds and high humidity also helped the situation, he said.

The Forest Service sent two fire crews, a helicopter and a water tender, two engines and two other support vehicles, fire officials said.

Also responding were two air tankers and an air attack plane from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, a water tender from the 49er Fire Protection District, and a crew from the California Youth Authority camp on Washington Ridge.

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