Downed power lines spark Meeks Fire in Lake Tahoe

The Meeks Fire is burning south of Rubicon Estates.
The Meeks Fire is burning south of Rubicon Estates.(
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:06 PM PDT
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MEEKS BAY, Calif. (KOLO) - 9:00 A.M. UPDATE: Downed power lines are being blamed for sparking the Meeks Fire on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.

According to Diana Swart with the Amador-El Dorado unit of CalFire, Wednesday’s wind knocked a tree into the lines and started the fire. She credits a quick response with crews being able to keep the fire growing past 2.6 acres.

Fire crews worked overnight to secure fire lines and mop up hot spots and as of Thursday morning, the fire is 90% contained. No structures were lost or damaged.

ORIGINAL STORY: CalFire, U.S. Forest Service crews and Meeks Bay Firefighters are all battling a wildfire on the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit says the fire south of the Rubicon Estates is currently two acres with a moderate rate of spread. The fire is burning east, towards the lake.

At this time, there are no evacuations, but the people who live in that area are on standby.

The Forest Service says there is a full ground support and air units have been ordered.

Highway 89 is closed South at D.L. Bliss and North at 3 Ring Road.

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