Firefighters contain Carson City blaze
August 23, 2017
Carson City and East Fork Fire District firefighters brought a wildfire sparked by lightning in Voltaire Canyon under control on Tuesday.
The fire near Voltaire Canyon Road was ignited around 1:30 p.m.
Crews had a line around the fire six hours later, and worked through the night to mop up any hot spots on the grass-covered hill, said Carson City Fire Chief Sean Slamon.
"Our crews have been awesome, homes we thought we would lose they saved," Slamon said. "It was absolutely incredible."
Slamon said they will have a definite estimate of total acreage Wednesday but estimates were 100 acres burned, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.
Multiple residences and business along Curry Street from Voltaire Canyon Road to Moses Street, including the Galaxy Theater and the Carson Indian Colony were threatened.
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The shifting winds caused a majority of problems for crews Slamon said, as it pushed flames back and forth towards structures, power lines and roads.
Crews shut down all the roads surrounding the area from Curry and Voltaire to Curry and Wialaki streets and multiple command centers were set up across the area.
"Fire crews have done a great job of pushing the fire back up the hill and away from residences," said Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong.
Multiple agencies including U.S. Forest Service, BLM, East Fork Fire Department and Truckee Meadows Fire Department responded to the Voltaire fire as well as several other lightning-caused fires across Carson.
Another 100-acre fire was reported at 4:21 p.m. near Churchill Butte —just southeast of Stagecoach in Lyon County, according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center. It was not threatening structures.
The Lyons fire, burning east of Carson City, south of Lyon Peak, also was estimated about 100 acres.
Nearly 15 fires were reported in the region. All of the fires were weather-related and the region may see more issues as thunderstorms are expected through today.
"There will be lots of lightning which will be a concern and people need to take care and if they hear any lightning, to take cover because it can be dangerous," said Meteorologist Brian O'Hara.