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Motorists asked to avoid fire areas

Authorities are asking motorists to steer clear of a 300-acre wildfire burning south of Highway 50 today.

As of this morning, Clear Creek Road is closed to nonresidents, but otherwise highways in the area of the fire are open.

“Nevada Highway Patrol crews along with fire personnel are asking motorist to try and avoid traveling on Highway 50 from Highwway 395 to Spooner Summit,” Trooper Dave Gibson said. “If motorists are unable to avoid this area crews are asking that travelers use extra caution. Please slow down and watch out for any and all emergency personnel and their equipment and other motorists on the highway.”

Gibson asked that people not stop on or near the highway to watch the fire to take pictures or video.

The fire started at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday when a lightning bolt struck the mountain. Jacks Valley Road was closed from Valley Vista to south of Alpine View for about four hours ending around midnight.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks said residents of 40 homes in Clear Creek Canyon have been notified they may have to evacuate.

The county has activited its reverse 911 and emergency alert systems to notify residents of the potential danger.