Crews tackling small wildfire near Tahoe’s Emerald Bay

A wildfire above Cascade Lake, at the southwest end of Lake Tahoe, was reported late Wednesday.

The fire, which had grown to 30 acres Thursday morning, is burning in the Snow Lake area of the Desolation Wilderness near Emerald Bay, fire officials said.

It is unrelated to the massive King fire currently burning west of Lake Tahoe, said Cheva Gabor, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

The smaller fire – being tackled by Forest Service, CalFire and other agencies – is no threat to structures at this time, Gabor said.

The Forest Service has closed Bayview, Eagle Falls, Tallac, Glen Alpine and Stanford Camp trailheads, as well as Bayview Campground, for public safety and to allow for suppression operations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but has been determined to be human-caused, Gabor said.

“The Forest Service is asking people to remember that fire restrictions are still in place in the Lake Tahoe basin and to abide by those restrictions,” she said in a news release.

“No open fires or campfires are allowed outside of campgrounds with an onsite host,” she said. “Campfires are never allowed in the Desolation Wilderness … .”

The Forest Service also is asking that people traveling through the area refrain from pulling over to view firefighting operations, Gabor said.

“Highway 89 is very narrow at that point and lacks sufficient shoulders, so pulling over creates a safety hazard and may hamper fire response,” she said.