Lake of the Pines area fire contained

5 agencies worked to fight 12-acre blaze
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A fire that started early Friday afternoon near Lake of the Pines was contained after 2:30 p.m. The 12-acre fire was located on Retherford and Magnolia roads near Higgins. The intersection of both roads is near Lake of the Pines. No one was hurt and no evacuations were necessary, according to Cal Fire Communications Operator Frank Quandro. Officials are still looking into the cause of the fire, Quandro said. “It’s still under investigation,” he said. Placer County Sheriff’s deputies called Cal Fire Friday to advise that smoke was visible in the area of Combie Lake. Quandro said Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Higgins Fire District, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District and Placer County Fire Department all worked to contain the fire. The agencies used an air attack, two air tankers, helicopter, seven engines, a bulldozer, three crews and three water tenders at the height of the fire. ~Bridget Jones