Six hurt fighting south county fire
July 5, 2014
A half-dozen firefighters received minor injuries while fighting a 251-acre wildfire in steep terrain above Topaz Ranch Estates.
Started by illegal fireworks, the Minnehaha Canyon fire was first reported at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Firefighters’ injuries included two that were heat related, two minor knee injuries, an eye injury and a bruised shoulder.
The firefighter with the eye injury is back at work. The firefighter with a shoulder injury was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center.
Crews were able to get a line around the entire fire at 9 p.m. Monday.
Two hand crews continued to work at the fire on Tuesday doing rehabilitation of the site.
Two single-engine air tankers and two helicopters worked with firefighters from East Fork, the BLM and the Nevada Division of Forestry through the weekend to extinguish the blaze.
A smoke plume from the fire, which started on private land, was visible from Carson Valley. No structures were threatened by the fire.
The Minnehaha Canyon fire was the largest of three human-caused wildfires that burned about 333 acres over the July Fourth weekend.
The Bureau of Land Management, Carson City District along with other agencies responded to three human-caused wildfires this past weekend.
“The public needs to be mindful of the dry conditions and the very high risk of wildfire.” said Fire Management Officer Shane McDonald. “Everyone is encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires annually threaten human life, private property and public land resources.”