TNF Engine crews deployed a progressive hose lay and TNF Helicopter 514 performed bucket work to aggressively catch the fire. Firefighters constructed containment line to reinforce the hose lay and fully contain the fire. TNF engine crews mopped up, staffing the Fire until approx. 11pm to secure the Fire area. TNF Fire Resources returned first thing the next morning Aug. 30th to complete mop up operations. The Boca Reservoir Shooting Area was closed to the public while TNF Firefighters from Truckee Engine 373 and Sierraville Engine 361 completed mop up which included hand-gridding the fire area to check for any remaining heat. After a thorough fire investigation, TNF Fire Prevention Patrols 61 and 72 determined the cause of the Lake Fire to be from shooting. The Lake Fire has been put into Patrol Status and is being regularly patrolled by TNF Fire Resources. The Boca Reservoir Shooting Area remains closed. On 9.2.22 Tahoe National Forest implemented additional Fire Restrictions pertaining to Recreational Shooting on the TNF to protect natural resources and provide for public safety. Under current TNF Fire Restrictions, by Forest Order 17-22-08, Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun is not permitted within the Tahoe National Forest. Exemption-Hunters with a valid hunting license during open-hunting season as specified by the laws of the State of California are exempt from this restriction.
“As we move into the height of fire season in California, we are putting additional fire restrictions in place to protect our forests and surrounding communities,” said Acting Tahoe National Forest Fire Management Officer Kyle Jacobson. “Vegetation continues to dry amid drought conditions, which has lowered fuel moistures to a critical level. Additionally, a local heat warning is in effect for the next week.”
Full Fire Restriction News Release here https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tahoe/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD1057751 Full Forest Order https://tinyurl.com/3m7sa23b