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Vegetation fire breaks out in Lucerne hills

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A Cal fire tanker drops retardant on a fire in the hills above Lucerne, Calif., on the evening of Thursday, August 12, 2010. Photo by Elizabeth Larson.


 


LUCERNE, Calif. – On Thursday evening state and local firefighters battled a vegetation fire in the hills above Lucerne.


The fire was dispatched shortly after 5 p.m., about 10 minutes after the power in the town had gone off for about a minute. Reports from the scene indicated power lines were down.


Cal Fire, Northshore Fire and the US Forest Service were among the agencies responding.


One structure was reported threatened by the fire, which firefighters had to access off of Robinson Road, which turns off of Foothill Drive.


Cal Fire sent four fixed wing aircraft to monitor the fire. A Cal Fire helicopter made about 20 water drops, traveling back and forth from the lake with a bucket designed for the task.


In addition, Cal Fire air tankers made six retardant drops.


Just after 7 p.m. Cal Fire estimated the blaze to be about 10 acres in size.

 

 

 

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A Cal Fire helicopter fills its bucket with water from Clear Lake to fight a fire in the hills above Lucerne, Calif., on Thursday, August 12, 2010. Photo by Trent Kirk.
 

 

 


Resources on scene included two US Forest Service engines, five Cal Fire engines, one helicopter, two crews, two dozers and a battalion chief, according to Cal Fire. Information on the number of Northshore Fire resources was not immediately available.


Pacific Gas & Electric had been notified of the power line issues and had arrived at the scene shortly before 7 p.m., according to radio reports.


At about 7:20 p.m. Cal Water was notified that firefighters were drawing down water from the town's hydrants.


The fire's cause is still under investigation, Cal Fire said.


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A Cal Fire tanker begins a retardant drop on the fire above Lucerne, Calif., on Thursday, August 12, 2010. Photo by Trent Kirk.
 

 

 

 

 

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The flames were visible in this photograph taken by Amanda Guyette on Thursday, August 12, 2010.
 

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