by Scott Fraser, East Fork Fire Protection District · 1 min read
MINDEN, Nev. — Saturday was a busy day for East Fork Fire Protection District and our surrounding agencies.
Shortly before 10 a.m., units from East Fork Fire, Tahoe Douglas Fire, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, and the United States Forest Service were dispatched to a possible vehicle fire on Kingsbury Grade, halfway up the valley side.
Witnesses then found that a semi-truck and trailer had been involved in a traffic accident, and the driver was injured. First arriving units found the semi-truck almost fully involved with the fire spreading to the surrounding brush.
The fire was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes.
Two engines, three brush trucks, two water tenders and four command officers responded. Kingsbury Grade was closed for an extended period of time due to fire activity.
At approximately 2 p.m., thunderstorms began bringing numerous lighting strikes within Douglas County and the surrounding Counties.
Units from the Forest Service and East Fork responded to five different reports of smoke or confirmed fires. One fire, caused by lightning, was found in the Alpine View area off of Jacks Valley. Units from East Fork and the U.S. Forest Service extinguished this fire in approximately 45 minutes.
With the amount of lighting that struck in the area Saturday, it is very likely that additional fires may be found over the next few days. The public is encouraged to be vigilant with the upcoming thunderstorm chances in the forecast through the next four days.