Footprint of Cascade fire near Tahoe’s Emerald Bay revised to 20 acres

The Cascade fire near Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe’s southwest shore was reduced by a third Thursday night to 20 acres and most trailheads in the area have been reopened.

“Based on infrared data, the estimate of the fire’s size has been reduced to 20 acres,” Cheva Gabor, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, said Friday morning.

Significant precipitation and decreased winds have helped firefighters in their efforts to suppress the fire, which has been burning near Snow Lake in the Desolation Wilderness since late Wednesday.

The Forest Service has reopened the Eagle Falls, Tallac, Glen Alpine and Stanford Camp trailheads, Gabor said, and California State Parks has reopened Inspiration Point at Emerald Bay and vehicular access to the Vikingsholm parking lot.

While firefighters continue to work to contain the fire, Bayview Trailhead and Campground, as well as Taylor Creek Sno-Park on Highway 89, will remain closed to facilitate firefighting operations.

The fire, which is not related to the much-larger King fire burning west of Lake Tahoe, is under investigation, but has been determined to have been caused by humans.

It poses no threat to structures at this time and no evacuations or road closures are in effect, Gabor said.