Firefighters wielding chainsaws and shovels built a line all the way around a wildfire burning near Kingsbury Grade by 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The Kings fire’s size was revised down to five acres, according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch spokesman Mark Struble.
Kingsbury Grade reopened at 7:45 p.m. Motorists are asked to watch for firefighting apparatus while travelling on the grade.
One firefighter was treated at the scene of the fire for heat exhaustion, according to Douglas County Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks.
Two-hundred firefighters responded to the fire, which was reported at 2:56 p.m. when a plume of smoke was spotted rising just north of Highway 207.
Struble said the fire started on private property and burned onto land in the U.S. Forest Service’s Carson Ranger District. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but recent thunderstorms could have provided the spark that ignited it.
Six hand crews cut a line around the fire in steep, rocky terrain, bringing it under control within hours of arriving. The fire burned in scattered forest.
East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said high winds made the fire behavior erratic.
Estimated at 50 mph or more, the winds also grounded firefighting aircraft.
A second-quarter acre spot fire ignited above the main body of the fire.
A red flag warning for critical fire danger in Western Nevada has been extended
Firefighters from East Fork and the U.S. Forest Service were joined by Douglas Fire, BLM, NDF, Lake Valley volunteers.