Thursday, 01 December 2022

Fire breaks out above Bartlett Springs

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CDF chopper prepares to collect lake water to dump on fire Wednesday. Photo by Harold LaBonte

LAKE COUNTY – Fire crews were able to quickly contain a wildland fire that broke out mid-afternoon Wednesday.


The fire above Bartlett Springs was reported at 3:24 p.m., according to Cal Fire – formerly known as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


The fire was originally believed to have been located at Pinnacle Rock, but later officials located it on state-managed lands at Hogsback Ridge.


Between 10 and 15 acres of timber burned, but by nighttime the fire was contained by firefighters from the Northshore Fire Authority and four Cal Fire hand crews.


Three Cal Fire engines – two from Lake County, one from Ukiah – responded, along with a Forest Service engine, Cal Fire reported.


Two Cal Fire helicopters, one from the Tehama-Glenn station and the second from Boggs Mountain, made repeated trips up the mountain to drop water on the fire. The helicopters staged in a field across from Ceago del Lago along Highway 20. Cal Fire Engineer Phil Mateer of Lakeport said one of the copters made about 30 trips.


Fire crews, a few engines and a dozen were still on the scene after 8 p.m. mopping up, according to Cal Fire's incident command.


The cause of the fire is not yet known, Cal Fire reported.


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Harold LaBonte contributed to this article.


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