Firefighters hope that they can continue to corral the forest fire burning in Alpine County before possible stormy conditions arrive later in the week.
“If we can get good containment levels before the storms come in we can prevent further growth,” said Denise Alonzo, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service.
The fire, which began Friday when lightning set timber country ablaze near the county seat of Markleeville, had burned 17,205 acres as of late Wednesday afternoon.
Nancy Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, said firefighters had a good day and reported the fire 10 percent contained. It will take time for firefighters to get in along edges of the fire and put in a containment line.
Guerrero said progress in containing the fire depends heavily on weather conditions. Drier fuels are expected Thursday, she said, but the wind should remain light. Firefighters are concerned about the weather forecast for Friday, when winds could increase with possible storms and lightning.
About 250 homes in the Markleeville area are threatened and an evacuation advisory – meaning residents should be prepared to flee – remains in effect, Guerrero said. Firefighters have focused efforts on protecting the community, and the growth in the fire Wednesday was toward the southeast, she said.
The Turtle Rock and Indian Creek campgrounds remain closed.