Camping at Snowflower: August 15 - 24, 2000
We arrived to tent camp at Snowflower (Yuba Gap on I80, about 20-miles
South of Tahoe) on August15, 2000. We were the only campers in the
remote and heavily wooded Oak tent camping area. Normally, we take day
trips but didn't the next day, Wednesday.
At about 2PM, I glanced across site 24 to see bright orange flames about 8
feet high and 5 feet across. I shouted "fire" but no one
other than Betty was around. She tried to suppress the flames but I could
see it was beyond our control. So I sped in our 4Runner to the
Raccoon area but no one was there either. I continued about a mile
to the guard gate for help. I told the gal to call the CDF and send the
preserve's fire truck immediately, and then returned to the fire.
The employees were unable to get the fire truck to pump water, didn't
have the right fittings for the hose, and ended up with a 4" hose
that couldn't be dragged to reach the head of the fire which was now 100
feet up the hill. The CDF began arriving at about 3:30pm. It
required numerous firefighters, many helicopter water drops, a plane fire
retardant drop, and a bulldozer to finally extinguish the fire by
6pm. It had burned 4 to 5 acres. It was fortunate that I was
there to give an early alarm, otherwise the fire would have raced up the
hillside and burned out the RVs in the Sierra, Cedar, and Tahoe areas.
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