A fire set by lightning is threatening the historic mining site of Aurora and has prompted the evacuation of two working mines in the area.
The 12,600-acre Spring Peak fire was first reported on Sunday morning and is believed to have started from a lightning strike on Saturday.
While no homes are threatened, Bodie State Historical Park is about four miles away across the Calfornia state line. The fire is reported to be threatening high tension powerlines that could affect services outside the area. A voluntary evacuation has been issued by the Mineral County Fire Chief for the Borealis and Esmeralda Mines. The Aurora site consists mostly of the cemetery and some foundations.
Five handcrews and four engines are working on the fire.
A fire burning closer to home in Eldorado Canyon east of Carson City was contained Sunday night. The Brunswick Canyon fire remained small at 29 acres and was quickly surrounded.
Most of the smoke in the Valley is coming from the 13,750-acre American fire burning west of Lake Tahoe.
The fire continues to grow in the heavy timber on the Sierra’s west slope. Firefighters have a line half way around it, and hope to have it contained by Wednesday.