Truckee, Calif. (August 25, 2020) – Tahoe Donner Association announced today that the newly installed fire-monitoring camera assisted with other fire detection systems in successfully identifying a small fire on Prosser Hill at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, August 24. It is suspected that the fire started due to a lightning strike in the area. CalFire and United States Forest Service fire personnel and air assets were dispatched to the Prosser Hill location and the fire was extinguished before it could become a threat to the community.
The ALERTWildfire camera in Tahoe Donner was installed in July 2020 and began broadcasting live on alertwildfire.org. It is the twelfth fire camera to be added to the North Tahoe area network to help protect Tahoe Donner and the North Tahoe-Truckee area, which is of critical importance during summer months when red flag warnings and thunderstorms are common.
Funding for the recently installed camera was provided by Tahoe Donner via a charitable contribution to the Tahoe Prosperity Center.
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David Mickaelian, general manager of Tahoe Donner said. “Adding the camera is another tool in the toolbox to keeping this community safe and I commend the board of directors in making that investment last year.”
In collaboration with Dr. Graham M. Kent of the University of Reno, Nevada Seismological Lab, and Heidi Hill Drum of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, the camera in Tahoe Donner became camera number 576 on the ALERTWildfire website to help protect the western United States.
Residents of Tahoe Donner and beyond are invited to monitor ALERTWildfire cameras and report suspected fires to the local fire department. View the camera named Tahoe Donner on alertwildfire.org, located within the Greater Tahoe Region section.