by Kurt Hildebrand
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August 22, 2013
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The RC Morning Report for Aug. 22

Bodie Historical Park will reopen at 9 a.m. today after being closed by the Spring Peak fire, which stabilized at 14,200 acres on Wednesday. The fire came to within three miles of the historic mining town and popular tourist spot, forcing officials to close it on Monday. The fire is 68 percent contained, with full containment expected by Saturday.

The American fire burning west of Lake Tahoe is still growing, adding 1,064 acres to hit 16,779, according to this morning’s situation report. The good news is that the fire is 60 percent contained and there are nearly 1,900 firefighters working on it.

There are 11 large fires burning in California, and the American isn’t even the biggest of them. That would be the 19,538-acre Butler fire burning near the Oregon border. Four large fires are burning in Nevada, the largest of which is the Red Cow fire at 16,193 acres burning in northern Elko County.

We had our own fires thanks to Wednesday’s lighting storm. A single tree beyond Lena Lane was reported at 6:30 p.m. Firefighters got that out last night. Another tree was reported on fire at 5:11 p.m. near Holbrook Junction, which was also extinguished. Lighting also set two small fires in Alpine County around 4 p.m.

It was misty out this morning thanks to three-fifths of an inch of rain that fell in Minden Tuesday and Wednesday. That won’t last since the wind’s expected to pick up at 11 a.m., and get really going at about 2 p.m. Expect southwest winds 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 mph.


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