The calendar flipped into September and two new wildfires have flared up in the Lake Tahoe area.
On Sunday, September 2nd a small, glider plane crashed near Mt Rose Ski Area killing one person and igniting a brush and timber fire on a steep mountainside. The blaze is being dubbed “The Slide Fire.” Fire personnel arrived and were able to get the fire approximately 95% contained as of Wednesday morning.
West of Mt Rose, off Interstate 80 in Emigrant Gap, California, “The North Fire“ also ignited on Tuesday Morning. The fire was measured Wednesday at almost 1000 acres and remains only 10% contained. Emigrant Gap is approximately 30 miles west of Truckee and poses a big smoke risk to the region. The cause of the fire is unknown. Campgrounds in the area are under mandatory evacuation orders and certain exits of Interestate 80 are closed.
“The US Forest Service says the North Fire, burning in the area of the North Fork of the American River Canyon, is 10% contained after burning about 500 acres, as of Tuesday morning. That’s a downgrade from the earlier estimate of 650 acres.” – KOLO
September is the month when some trace of moisture often returns to Northern California. Typically, it signifies the beginning of the end of fire season. That said, with dry weather and some light winds forecasted in the area, the North Fire bears watching.