Fires burning in Mono, Lassen counties

A 350-acre brush fire is burning five miles east of Bridgeport after being set by lightning 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Potato fire is burning in sagebrush and grass on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. About 125 forest service, Bureau of Land Management and Nevada Division of Forestry firefighters are building a line around the fire and patrolling it during the night.

Three air tankers, three helicopters, eight engines, four water tenders and four hand crews are working on the fire.

No structures are threatened, but there is also no estimate of when the fire will be contained or controlled.

The fire is burning in the hills northwest of Bodie State Park, and there are both historical mining operations and active mining in the general area, according to an 11:30 p.m. update by Sierra Front Interagency Dispatcher Helen Frazier.

Lightning started about 10 fires, burning 700 acres along the Sierra Front.

Two of the fires are burning north of Reno, including the Roberts fire near Hallelujah Junction, which is half contained at 220 acres.

One home and two outbuildings were lost in the 200-arcre Constantia fire, located in Lassen County, where Frazier said extreme fire behavior is causing the fire to spread rapidly.

Firefighters are bracing for more dry thunderstorms today along with strong winds near the storms.

The 150 firefighters at the scene of the Constantia fire with five hand crews.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning starting 11 a.m. today.

Forecasters are anticipating strong outflow winds from thunderstorms that will contribute to create critical fire conditions. Winds up to 40 mph may be generated a long distances from a parent thunderstorm, according to the warning.

The weather service also issued a hazardous weather outlook for Western Nevada, warning of dangerous lightning conditions.

More moisture should be moving into the area by Sunday night, creating the chance of wet thunderstorms through Sunday night and Monday. There's a chance the increased moisture will create a chance of strong thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rainfall or hail.


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