Crews Respond To Three Wildfires In Area, 3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Double Springs Flat

Staff Reports · 1 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Crews responded to three separate fires Tuesday afternoon around Carson Valley.

The Payne Fire, located a mile east of Highway 88 in the southwest part of the Valley in Alpine County has burned 100 acres as of 6 a.m., according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch. It was reported just after 2 p.m. Ground crews are on scene and receiving air support. Crews from Humboldt-Toiyabe Fire, BLM, Alpine County and the forestry service have achieved 45 percent containment on it.

An eight-acre fire first reported at 3:24 p.m. burned south of Topaz Lodge at Topaz Lake. Crews halted forward progress just after 5 p.m. but remained on scene through the evening and will continue to tend to the scene through Wednesday.

East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said one outbuilding had been damaged but no structures lost. Thirty to 40 homes and several propane tanks in the area were threatened at one point.

East Fork Fire and the Bureau of Land Management are on scene. Resources on the Topaz fire included 17 engines, five water tenders, two hand crews, one helicopter, two rescues and six command officers.

Voluntary evacuations remained in place in the areas of Mark Twain, Comstock, Aurora, Masonic and Goldfield along Topaz Lake.

Liberty Utilities out of California reported the Topaz Fire burned at least three poles and four spans of wire. NV Energy 144 customers on the Douglas County side of Topaz Lake were without power overnight. Liberty Utilities reported an additional 660 without power on the California side. Power was restored prior to 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Highway 395 was closed down at Highway 208 near Topaz for several hours before reopening around 6:30 pm.


A 3.68-acre fire near Ray May Way was reported at 2:28 p.m., but crews quickly knocked it down.

Investigations into all three fires are underway, but no causes have been established.

A 3.9-magnitude earthquake centered at Double Springs Flat was felt across the Valley at approximately 3:45 p.m.

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