All Fires Contained From Saturday Thunderstorm In Carson Valley
Fire in Faye Canyon, photo courtesy of Jeremy Scossa
GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — UPDATE Sunday, 8:15 a.m.: Crews responded to multiple fires on the eastern bank of the Carson Range in Carson Valley Saturday evening after a rapidly moving thunderstorm hammered the Valley with rain and lightning strikes.
According to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch, the Bear Fire above Autumn Hills Road was the largest of the bunch, having burned 0.5 acres. It was contained Sunday.
Sierra Front also reported the Faye Fire near Faye Canyon has been contained and controlled at about 50 feet by 50 feet. The Jacks Fire has also been contained and controlled at a quarter acre with a handline complete around the perimeter about halfway up the hill north of Genoa Peak, the Summit Fire near the top of Spooner was reported contained and controlled at 8 a.m. Sunday and the Stutler Fire on Jobs Peak is contained at a quarter of an acre.
Crews monitored each scene overnight and will continue to address each site Sunday morning.
Douglas County Emergency Services reports concerns are the potential for new fires starts due to the multiple lighting strikes that occurred during Saturday’s storm. This concern is going to continue through the week. Another concern for Sunday is for a repeat of weather, with the potential for more rain and flash flooding. Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening, and a slight chance of thunderstorms continues through the mid-portion of the coming week.
Video from Kandee Worley:
Earlier Saturday evening, crews extinguished a structure fire on Hidden Brook Court in Minden, which was evacuated, and a wild land fire on Muller Parkway in Gardnerville near Walmart. Another crew responded to a small fire near Courtland.
A power outage affected more than 7,000 NV Energy customers also struck the area during the storm. The number had been reduced to 83 customers by 8 a.m. Sunday.
Douglas County 911 dispatch was inundated with calls during the storm.
The National Weather Service reported more than 1,500 negative lightning strikes and around 25 positive strikes during the storm.