We’ll start off with the news today. As of 6 a.m. today, the Bison Fire in the Pinenuts was set at 1200 acres in size with 15 percent containment, according the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Pat Brooks.
He went on to report that no structures have been damaged and no injuries reported. Approximately 220 firefighters are working this blaze.
The plan has been outlined and, has identified major hazards and risks to fire fighters working this fire. These risks are, but not limited to: working in hot weather conditions with lower humidity and the potential for higher winds later today, extremely dry fuels and extreme fire behavior, unidentified mines and steep terrain.
The plan objectives to fighting this fire are, safety of all personnel assigned to this incident, minimize fire impacts to structures in the area, minimize fire impacts to the Bi-State Sage Grouse habitat and using air support early.
The fire crews are going to make a significant effort early this morning in anticipation to the predicted wind event later today.
Hand crews monitored the fire through the night, though the fire had moved from the previously threatened structures; however fire crews were monitoring this area should the fire shift back towards the structures. The fire was headed toward the old Ray May and Preacher fires. The direction of the fire has been in a south to southeast direction.
Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch reported a small 10×20 fire in Hobo Hot Springs that was quickly contained and controlled.
About that weather, temps are expected to reach 94, which I suppose could be considered a cooling trend. The afternoon weather Sgt. Brooks referred to, though, includes 10-20 mph winds with gusts up to 30 mph.
What you might have missed yesterday
If you were out and about in town, you probably witnessed the burst of rain and hail that only briefly dampened the celebrations at the various town parks.
Then, of course, the Bison Fire, sparked by a lightning strikes around 3-3:30 p.m. in the Pinenuts. Approximately 20 residents of the surrounding area were asked to evacuate from the area for a period of time, but as mentioned above, the fire shifted away from the structures before the end of last night.
KOLO Channel is reporting that five were arrested at the Douglas County DUI checkpoint last night (lake side).
Ron Harpin sent us some phenomenal shots of the Carson City fireworks taken from the southeast corner of Carson City — which I believe qualifies him for the aforementioned double-bonus points.
On slate today
Gardnerville Movies in the Park: Town of Gardnerville presents “Despicable Me: for its monthly Movies in the Park, starting at dusk at Heritage Park. Information, 775-782-7134.