SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - Wednesday afternoon update:
The Table Fire is now estimated to be 130 acres and is 15 percent contained, the El Dorado National Forest reports.
Crews are working on containment lines along Jones Fork of Silver Creek.
The fire is being fought by five hand crews, five fire engines and two helicopters.
The Table Fire has burned at least 30 acres in the El Dorado National Forest as of Monday, but fire crews are on it now and have likely stopped the spread, U.S. Forest Service public information officer Kristi Schroeder said.
It is about 3 miles northeast of Ice House Reservoir.
The fire was actually started a month ago on Sept. 8 by lightning. The Forest Service monitored it and did not try to put it out, allowing it to do a natural prescribed burn, Schroeder said. It remained about a half-acre until winds on Sunday helped it spread, Schroeder said. By noon Monday it reached 15 acres before growing to 30 acres by late Monday afternoon. It is 5 percent contained.
The Forest Service has put two helicopters on it Monday along with two fire engine strike teams and another hand crew. Additional fire resources will be added if needed.
Schroeder said there was no containment date on the fire.