CHP Investigating 911 Dispatcher Response to Tahoe Wildfire

The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether some of its 911 dispatchers failed to alert emergency responders to early reports about last week's wildfire near Lake Tahoe.

A CHP spokesman told The Sacramento Bee that there's no indication that fire units' response to the blaze was delayed, but dispatchers initially may have told 911 callers that what they were seeing June 24th was a controlled burn instead of an out-of-control fire.

The blaze was fully contained Monday, after destroying more than
250 homes and burning about 3,100 acres.

The CHP's Truckee dispatch center was flooded with calls about the fire starting around 2 pm on the Sunday it began. Fire officials say there were no controlled burns in the South Lake Tahoe area that day.

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