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Five small fires set in Gardnerville overnight

Fire and law enforcement officials are investigating a series of five fires set late Monday night in Gardnerville.

The fires were located behind Raley’s, Papa Murphy’s, the Rite Aid and near the apartments on Apollo.

East Fork Fire District investigator Capt. Terry Taylor said the fires were definitely set deliberately.

Whoever set the fires attempted to light a sixth fire, but failed.

East Fork firefighters extinguished the fires. Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators and Taylor are seeking whoever was responsible.

A red flag warning for windy conditions and low humidity was in effect until 9 p.m. Monday night.

Federal officials warned of fire danger due to increased temperatures.

“The potential for catastrophic wildfire is a real threat this year.” said Shane McDonald, Interagency Fire Management Officer. “Recently we have seen extreme burning conditions for this time of year with the Hunter Falls fire which prompted federal and state agencies to enact fire restrictions in some areas. There is concern with the sudden increase of human caused wildfires on public lands in the past 10 days.”