South Lake Tahoe, Calif. – Significant precipitation and decreased winds have helped firefighters in their efforts to suppress the Cascade Fire burning near Snow Lake in the Desolation Wilderness. Based on infrared data, the estimate of the fire’s size has been reduced to 20 acres.
The fire poses no threat to structures at this time. No evacuations and no road closures are in effect.
Forest Service Hot Shots and other agency resources are on scene and working to contain the fire. Air operations will resume as helicopters deliver hose and pumps to allow crews to complete a containment line around the fire.
Bayview Trailhead and Campground and TaylorCreek Sno-Park on Hwy. 89 remained closed to facilitate fire suppression operations. The Forest Service will reopen all other trailheads and California State Parks will be reopening vehicular access to the Vikingsholm parking lot.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but has been determined to be human-caused. This wildfire is not related to the King Fire currently burning west of Lake Tahoe.
The Forest Service asks the public to remember that fire restrictions are still in place in the Lake Tahoe Basin and to abide by those restrictions. Fire restrictions mean that no open fires or campfires are allowed outside of campgrounds with an onsite host. Campfires are never allowed in the Desolation Wilderness, only portable stoves are allowed with a valid campfire permit.
For more information about fire restrictions, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/