Thunderstorms bring fire, flood
July 15, 2014
A 350-acre fire burning north of Reno in the Balls Canyon area is 10 percent contained.
No structures are threatened by the Evans fire, which was started by a lightning strike, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.
The fire started at about 5:42 p.m. west of Highway 395 near the agricultural inspection station.
Two hand crews are actively building a line along both flanks of the fire, which is burning in grass and brush.
In all, 85 firefighters, including three engines, a water tender, three air tankers and two helicopters are working on the fire.
Lightning strikes set two trees on fire along the California-Nevada border east of Sonora Junction on Tuesday afternoon. Both fires were quickly contained and controlled.
Firefighters were unable to locate smoke reported two miles north of Sonora Junction at 5:43 p.m. and at Rosachi Ranch in southern Lyon County at 4:48 p.m.
A major thunderstorm brought flash flooding to Hawthorne on Tuesday afternoon. A spotter reported Highway 359 was closed six miles south of Hawthorne at Lucky Boy Pass Road due to a flash flood. At least one vehicle was stranded in the mud. The highway is now open.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch across Western Nevada and Eastern California starting noon Wednesday and lasting through Thursday evening.
Abundant moisture and light winds will lead to slow moving thunderstorms that could bring heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service. At greatest risk for flooding are areas near small creeks and streams, urban areas and recent burn scars like Douglas County's Bison fire in the Pine Nut Mountains.
Heavy rains could result in rock and mud slides near steep terrain.