A big thunderhead that developed over the Sierra and headed north through Mason Valley on Thursday night set a 1,000 acre wildfire in the hills north of Wabuska in Lyon County. The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch reports about 70 firefighters are working the Weeks fire sparked by lightning at about 6:50 p.m. The fire is burning in cheat grass and brush on property held in trust by the Bureau of Land Management.
Lyon County, the U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Division of Forestry are working on the fire. No structures are threatened.
Two air tankers, two engines and a couple of hand crews were fighting the fire until dark last night. The crews were on the fire all night.
East Fork firefighters were on alert on Thursday after the National Weather Service forecast a chance of lightning storms. On June 1, lightning from a storm cell set five wildfires in the Pine Nut Mountains. The Preacher fire turned out to be the largest of the set, and took about a week to bring under control. No homes or lives were lost in that fire.