East Fork responding to Reno forest fire
May 18, 2014
East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts are sending personnel as part of the Sierra Front Incident Management Team to manage a growing fire in southwest Reno.
The Hunter Falls fire is burning in the Mount Rose Wilderness Area above Reno. As of 5:27 p.m. it burned more than 700 acres in inaccessible terrain. Fire crews are being helicoptered in and supported by bucket drops of water, according to Sierra Front Public Information Officer Elizabeth Kenna.
The fire is burning northeast in the drainage.
Fire officials are asking members of the public to stay off of the Hunter Creek Trailhead and any access points to the forest from the south.
About 100 firefighters are working the blaze, including four handcrews and an engine. Helicopter work has been suspended due to darkness.
"Captains John Brawley and Tracy Connelly are responding as Division Supervisors," East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said. "We are also fielding a request for a medical unit leader.
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"East Fork is especially proud of our ability to protect the residents and visitors of our community while also being able to help other fire departments that have assisted us during our times of need," Fogerson said.
The fire started at 7:28 a.m. There is no estimate of containment or control. It is located on U.S. Forest Service land near Hunter Creek.
Units from the BLM, NDF, Truckee Meadows, Washoe County, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and Reno Fire Department have also responded to the blaze.