Fires burning in mountains south of Douglas County
August 5, 2012
Saturday night’s lightning strikes bore fruit in the form of two wild land fires south of Gardnerville.
About 100 firefighters are working the 60-acre Lake fire in Dezell Canyon, south of Smith Valley, which is burning in pinon and juniper on U.S. Forest Service land.
The fire was first reported at 12:30 p.m. and has closed Highway 338 between Bridgeport and Wellington for backfire operations.
No structures are threatened by the fire, which is being fought by two air tankers, two helicopters, four hand crews and a single engine.
The 20-acre Murphy fire is actively burning near Lobdell Lake north of Bridgeport. Reported at 3:30 p.m., it is burning in timber and brush. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Nevada Division of Forestry units are fighting the fire.
Two air tankers, two helicopters, four hand crews and a half-dozen engines are aggressively attacking the fire. There are 115 firefighters assigned to the blaze.
Lightning-caused fires were set from Bridgeport through Palomino Valley, according to the Sierrs Front. The other fires were all small and handled by first responders.