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August 15, 2012
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Firefighters responding to East Valley blaze

Federal firefighters are taking over a 1.5-acre wildfire set by lightning off Eldon Way in the East Valley.

The fire was first reported at 3:10 p.m., according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch and is one of three set in the last hour by a storm cell across the region. Fires were also reported near Constantia Road south of Doyle and on Mount Rose.

A helicopter was called out to battle the blaze along with ground crews.

Initial reports revealed a 1-1.5-acre fire moving in light-moderate fuels at a slow-moderate pace.

Around 3:20 p.m., responders said the wind was moving the small blaze towards houses, about a quarter mile away, though none were imminently threatened.

Moderate rain helped slow the progress of the fire.

At 4 p.m., the National Weather Service reported a heavy rain storm three miles north of Galena.

Thunder and lightning struck near Gardnerville at 4:30 p.m.

A hazardous weather outlook for the Eastern Sierra is in effect, with locally heavy rainfall and the possibility of flashflooding. Gusty winds of up to 50 mph could accompany the storm.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 20, 2012 09:06AM Published Aug 15, 2012 06:22PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.