Wildfire Season Begins: Fire Updates

Jun 18, 2017

Wednesday 12:00 p.m. update:

Another fire has broken out, this time 5 miles northwest of Jiggs, Nev. in Elko County. More than 100 firefighters are on scene of the Red Springs Fire, which has now burned 4,060 acres. The blaze is 15 percent contained, and no structures are threatened at this time.

Two smaller fires burning 15 miles north of Reno have burned a total of 195 acres. The larger of the two, the Evans Fire is 65 percent contained, while the smaller Haskell Fire is 90 percent contained.

The Hollywood Fire near Pyramid Lake remains around 4,300 acres. KRNV reports that blaze is 50 percent contained.

Reno Fire Chief David Cochran says full containment of the Garson Fire is expected Friday. Officials say the cause is from target shooters.

Tuesday 4:56 p.m. update:

Three fires just outside of Reno are keeping crews busy today.

The Hollywood Fire near Nixon has burned 55-hundred acres of sage and grass on tribal land about 3 miles southeast of Nixon. The Bureau of Land Management is in charge of the incident.

The lightning-caused Evans Fire has burned 168 acres northwest of Reno, and is now 25 percent contained.

The Garson Fire west of Reno in Verdi remains at 141 acres, but crews now have it 60 percent contained. Reno Fire Chief David Cochran says full containment is expected Friday. Officials say the cause is from target shooters.

Tuesday 11:01 a.m. update:

Two additional fires began late Monday evening in the Reno area, one near the Pyramid Lake community of Nixon and another west of Highway 395 approximately 14 miles northwest of Reno.

The Hollywood Fire near Nixon has burned 5,500 acres of sage and grass on tribal land about 3 miles southeast of Nixon. No structures are currently threatened. The Bureau of Land Management is managing the situation. KRNV is reporting that there is no containment at this time.

The Evans Fire has burned 300 acres northwest of Reno, just west of Highway 395. No structures are threatned at this time.

The Garson Fire remains at 141 acres and is 50 percent contained. Reno Fire Chief David Cochran says crews will be working the area all day.

Monday 9:45 a.m. update:

Reno Fire Battalion Chief Mark Winkelman says that not much has changed on the scene of the Garson fire from Sunday evening. The fire remains 10 percent contained and crews are still determining the fire's acreage. For now, he says they are continuing to report that the fire has burned roughly 125 acres.

Winkelman says that about 200 personnel were fighting the fire last night and there will be about 150 working on it later today and into tomorrow. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting hot temperatures and isolated to scattered thunderstorms Monday, along with strong winds and lightning. Heavy rain may be possible. 

Sunday 8:45 p.m. update:

A fire that sparked at around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Verdi has now burned approximately 125 acres. News 4-Fox 11 is reporting that the fire was ten percent contained as of 6:30 p.m., and no injuries have been reported.

Evacuations were ordered on 5-6 homes as a precaution, but no structures have been threatened. According to the Reno Police Department, target shooting is the cause of the blaze.

NV Energy reported earlier that 2,900 people in West Reno were without power. According to their outage map, there are no customers without power in northern Nevada.

Several agencies are on scene, including the Bureau of Land Management and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District. The Reno Fire Department has taken command of the incident.

Officials are urging all people to avoid the area until conditions improve.