Dry, breezy conditions fanned Toler Lane ditch burning
April 8, 2014
A Toler Lane controlled burn, which was picked up by the wind, was brought under control within a half hour of being reported Tuesday afternoon.
East Fork firefighters responded to an address in the 1400 block of Toler Lane for a fire that was reported at 2:17 p.m.
The fire's growth was reported halted at 2:45 p.m. By 5:10 p.m. firefighters had the fire out.
The fire was located south of Toler on an agricultural property, not far from the intersection with Orchard Road.
Initial reports were that the fire started as a controlled burn, and threatened a barn and vehicles on the property.
East Fork called for aid from the Sierra Front who sent a hand crew.
Smoke from the fire blew across Toler obscuring motorists' vision.
Traffic through Gardnerville was heavy with Carson Valley Middle and Gardnerville Elementary schools getting out around the same time the fire broke out.
East Fork Fire District Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said the fire started when the wind shifted on a rancher burning a ditch.
"He had water on site and tried to put it out," Fogerson said. "We lost about a quarter acre, but the fire also got into a landscape lot, with some stacked timbers and a cottonwood tree. No one was hurt and everything went great. We were able to keep it out of the willows that led to a hay barn as well as four storage buildings, so it could have been worse had he not called 911 when he did."
Fogerson urged Valley residents who are burning to use extra caution since it's dry out.
Residential open burning continues until May 18, but ag burning typically continues through the year.