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East Fork sends engine, battalion chief to Garson fire

The Garson Fire is burning 125 acres west of Reno and has knocked out power to more than 3,000 people according to NV Energy.

An East Fork Fire District engine is responding to a 141-acre fire burning west of Reno.

The fire was first reported at 1:06 p.m. Sunday, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch in Minden.

Reno Fire Chief Dave Cochran said firefighters have a line half way around the fire burning near Verdi. No structures have been damaged.

"We received a request for an engine to respond as part of Nevada Fire Chiefs strike team to the Garson Fire," East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said on Sunday.

A captain, engineer and firefighter-paramedic from East Fork Station 12 are operating the engine. Battalion Chief Troy Valenzuela was also called in as a strike team leader.

Fogerson said firefighters on scene are saying the fire is burning well in the grass and sage, but not in the trees.

"They believe they will hold it at I-80 but are watching for spots," he said.

Battalion Chief Scott Fraser's Sierra Front Team is operational but has yet to be requested.

The fire is under the jurisdiction of the Reno Fire Department, which reports it may have been caused by target shooters.

NV Energy is reporting more than 3,000 people without power in Washoe County, mostly due to the fire.

The National Weather Service is predicting isolated thunderstorms today near the Sierra with increasing chances on Monday.

Lightning strikes have been reported in the high Sierra near Ebbetts Pass.