Stubborn North Fire torches 1,000 acres

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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A plume of smoke and a wall of flame below greeted firefighters at the North Fire on Monday.


A fire burning on both sides of the north fork of the North Fork American River about 23 miles northeast of Auburn near Interstate 80 has cleared Tahoe National Forest campgrounds in the vicinity and proved a tough foe for firefighters.

The Tahoe National Forest was reporting 10 percent of the perimeter of the fire contained by mid-day today and 1,000 acres burned.

A total of 491 firefighters and support workers were taking on the North Fire fire, which broke out at about 3 p.m. Monday.

A Forest Service spokesman said the rugged terrain and steep slopes were providing challenges. Continuing warm, dry weather was hampering efforts because of poor overnight recovery at a time when cooler temperatures would slow the fire’s spread.

In one small victory, people were being allowed into the Snowflower RV park today to collect belongings left behind during a mandatory evacuation.