Monday, 17 June 2024

50-acre fire rages near rancheria

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A Cal Fire air tanker drops fire retardant on a fire behind Robinson Rancheria Saturday. Photo by Dave Hendrick.

 

NICE – Firefighters are battling a fire that has reached 50 acres in size close to Robinson Rancheria.


Suzie Blankenship, a Cal Fire fire prevention specialist, said the fire was reported at 3:45 p.m. It broke out in steep, rugged terrain behind the playground, which is located behind the main area of the rancheria.


Northshore Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and the Lake County Sheriff's Office were among the agencies at the scene. Blankenship said seven engines, four dozers, three fire handcrews, one air attack, five air tankers and three helicopters were on scene, along with two officers on the ground helping an incident commander organize the effort.


Blankenship said firefighters were having difficulty fighting the fire because of high-tension power lines in the area.


“They have to work around those,” she said.


The power lines were limiting the use of air crews, Blankenship added.


No structures currently are threatened, said Blankenship.


The cause of the fire, said Blankenship, is under investigation.


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