8 p.m. update: Boca Fire north of Lake Tahoe contained at 75 acres
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Emergency crews have extinguished a wildfire that burned up to 75 acres Monday afternoon in the area of Boca Reservoir.
The blaze — dubbed the Boca Fire — started for unknown reasons at 3 p.m. and grew to 75 acres by 6 p.m., officials said.
No structures were threatened, said Paul Spencer, public information officer for the Truckee Fire Protection District, and the nearby Glenshire subdivision was never in danger.
There have been no reported injuries.
The fire, which burned off Interstate 80 near the old Boca township, east of the reservoir’s dam, was contained after 7 p.m., although smoke continued to billow into the evening.
“I live on the bluff directly across from the fire; had a bird’s-eye-view,” said Truckee resident Marianne Porter. “Scary, but amazing and impressive action by local and state fire officials.”
Windy conditions and the dry nature of the Sierra landscape due to the ongoing drought enabled the blaze to spread and run up the slopes east of Boca.
Forward progress was stopped just before 6 p.m., according to Truckee Fire.
Officials from Truckee Fire, as well as the U.S. Forest Service, Calfire, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Squaw Valley Fire Protection District, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Northstar Fire Protection District responded.
In all, 16 engines, four air tankers, two helicopters, four water tenders and two dozers, along with several ground crews, were on scene.