Long Valley Fire Causing Advisory Evacuations

Jul 10, 2017

Monday, 9:55 a.m. update:

An evacuation advisory is in effect for the Sutcliffe community today as the Long Valley Fire continues to grow. 

The evacuation center is the Nixon Gym, 301 Hwy 447. So far, the fire has burned over 77,000 acres and is 35 percent contained. 

There is a red flag warning in effect from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Strong winds and low humidity will cause an increase in fire behavior. 

Fire officials warn the situation can change rapidly and that if you live in the affected fire area please stay alert and be ready to evacuate.

NHP troopers are directing traffic on the Pyramid highway at the junction of SR 446. Use caution and expect delays in the area. 

The Snowstorm Fire is now at 148,000 acres. The fire started Friday in the Humboldt Wilderness Study Area.  The fire is burning in primary sage grouse habitat and the area is also winter range for elk, antelope and deer. Crews expect full containment Monday night.

Sunday, 11:50 a.m. update:

KOLO-TV is reporting that the voluntary evacuation request for Sutcliffe and the Pyramid Lake beaches has been lifted. However, an advisory evacuation order remains for the Grass Valley area of the Palomino Valley and east on Winnemucca Ranch Road due to the Long Valley Fire. No structures are immediately threatened, but an evacuation center has been set up at:

Nixon Gym at 301 Hwy 447 in Nixon, NV. 

Sunday, 10:35 a.m. update:

The following information is from InciWeb:

The evacuation for Rancho Haven was lifted Saturday, but an advisory evacuation order has been issued for Sutcliffe, the Grass Valley area of the Palomino Valley, and east on Winnemucca Ranch Road due to the Long Valley Fire. All other evacuation advisories remain in place. An evacuation center has been set up here:

Nixon Gym
301 Hwy 447
Nixon, NV

Fire crews faced another day of intense fire activity Saturday. The receptive fuels of cheat grass, sage brush and juniper combined with the weather factors of high temperature, low humidity and wind resulted in a fast moving aggressive fire front. Poor relative humidity recovery resulted in continued active fire burning throughout the night.

The fire has extended southeast to Moonstone Road and Winnemucca Ranch Road and is travelling eastward towards Pyramid Lake. The fire is currently on Tule Ridge in the Dogskin Mountains.

Fire crews worked hard to keep the fire north of the Rancho Haven community through direct attack on the fire and utilizing structure protection with multiple agencies. The Ortiz Camp suffered direct fire contact and no structures were lost due to the hard work of both ground resources and air assets.

Acres Burned: 63,046

Containment: 24%

Fire Started: July 11, 2017

Cause: Under Investigation

Engines: 39

Helicopters: 13

Fixed Wing: 8

Dozers: 9

Water Tenders: 7

Crews: 14

Total Personnel: 533

As of 8 a.m. Sunday, both evacuation centers established for the Rancho Haven area of the Long Valley Fire have been closed. These centers were located at O'Brien Middle School and the Livestock Events Center in Reno.

Because of this fire, smoke and haze are blanketing Washoe County. The National Weather service says this should improve in the next few hours as westerly winds pick up.  Near Elko, the so-called Snowstorm Fire grew dramatically Saturday to 60,000 acres. It is 5 percent contained.  There are no threats to structures now, though the fire is in Primary Sage-Grouse Habitat, within the Little Humboldt River Wilderness Study Area (WSA).  

Saturday, 1:45 p.m. update:

Evacuations have been lifted for residents east of the Long Valley Fire in Rancho Haven. But an advisory remains in place for that area as well as Winnemucca Ranch, as the blaze has moved quickly east.

The fire sparked Tuesday afternoon near Doyle, California, and has since burned 41,000 acres. It is currently 20 percent contained.

Fires have been wind-driven and fast-moving. Five outbuildings have been destroyed and three structures damaged.

Truckee Meadows Fire says an evacuation site has been set up at O'Brien Middle School. Large animals can go to the Livestock Events Center in Reno. 

See the latest information on other regional wildfires below (updated July 15, 1:15 p.m.)

Cold Springs Fire

Location: 12 miles Northwest of Reno in Cold Springs
Acres: 1,500-2,000
Containment: No estimate
Cause: Unknown

Brenda Fire

Location: Washoe Valley near Brenda Way
Acres: 1,200
Containment: 20 percent
Cause: Under Investigation

Long Valley Fire

Location: Two miles north of Doyle, Calif.
Acres: 41,000
Containment: 20 percent
Cause: Under Investigation
Five outbuildings have been destroyed and three structures have been damaged. A voluntary evacuation notice remains in place for portions of the fire area. Power lines are also threatened.

Farad Fire

Location: One mile west of Nevada/California border, near Verdi, Nev.
Acres: 747
Containment: 81 percent
Cause: Unknown

Rooster Combs Fire

Location: 25 miles north of Battle Mountain, Nev.
Acres: 218,380
Containment: 80 percent
Cause: Unknown

Draw Fire

Location: 50 miles east of Fallon, Nev.
Acres: 27,506
Containment: 81 percent
Cause: Unknown