Thousands flee Mosquito fire, still growing without containment west of Tahoe
After more than a week of fire-related evacuations and warnings, a growing mountain of flaming debris has hit the north and west shores of Lake Tahoe.
With the latest fire containment area, fire officials say the size of the fire has increased from 1,500 acres to more than 3,000 with no signs of containment or evacuations.
The growing fire is still burning on the north side of the lake at 5,200 feet elevation, and officials with the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe Basin Interagency Fire Management Partnership (TBIFMP) and the Tahoe County Sheriff’s Office are working to find a way to control the fire, which has burned on two public roads and caused two dozen homes and businesses to evacuate.
“We are doing our best to find the most direct routes possible to get to the burning area,” said Sherri Adams, spokesperson for the county sheriff’s office. “We still have not received approval to put an evacuation plan into effect.”
The fire is on private land and officials cannot move resources to fight the fire, Adams said.
The Tahoe Fire burning in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin is the fifth largest blaze in the state.
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