Fires flare at two Tahoe National Forest sites

The U.S. Forest Service is fighting two fires that flared Wednesday afternoon in the Tahoe National Forest, including one topping 100 acres.

That fire is in an isolated area far from paved roads or structures, 10 miles northeast of Foresthill in the Deadwood Canyon and Deadwood Ridge area. The site is about 40 miles east of Sacramento.

More than 100 firefighters along with two helicopters and six air tankers were fighting that blaze.

The fire was about 10 acres at mid-afternoon. Two hours later, ''it's grown to more 100 acres, so it's growing pretty fast,'' said fire information officer Charlie Price. ''I think it's the hot and dry conditions.''

However, there was little wind to drive the blaze.

A second fire was much smaller and growing more slowly. The five-acre fire is near Yuba Gap, two miles east of the intersection of Interstate 80 and Route 20, south of the interstate. Two engines, 25 firefighters, one air tanker and one helicopter were fighting that fire.

Firefighters had not determined a cause for either blaze.


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