No houses were lost in the 3,454-acre Carter Springs fire, but to the Washoe Tribe a part of their home went up in smoke.
Officially, Native American cultural resources were damaged, but Joyce James McCauley, who grew up on her family's property in the Pine Nut Mountains, said it was as if she'd lost a member of her family.
"Last Friday (Sept. 21) changed my life," she said of the fire. "It felt like I lost a family member."
McCauley said the 160-acre parcel owned by her family is private property that appears on the tax rolls in her grandmother's …