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Small fire above Tahoe contained; dry season looms

Updated Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters have contained a small wild land blaze above Lake Tahoe near Incline Village.

No structures were threatened early Friday on the mountainside north of the Mount Rose Highway. But fire officials fear the half-acre fire is a sign of an early start to a potentially dangerous fire season in the Sierra, with its dry timber and slim snowpack.

The fire was reported about 2:30 a.m. above the Allison subdivision. Fire crews hiked an hour through nearly a mile of thick brush to get the flames on Forest Service land at an estimated 7,800-foot elevation.

The flames put up so much smoke at one point the North Lake Tahoe Fire District issued an alert for smoke-sensitive populations.

District spokeswoman Tia Rancourt says there's no early sign of a cause.