Genoa, Nev. — A power outage in northern Douglas County affected 333 NV Energy customers this morning. According to NVenergy.com, the outage began at 12:48 a.m. with an estimated time of restoration at 8:15 a.m. The company is asking residents to conserve power 5-8 p.m. due to excessive heat in both the Silver and Golden states.
I’ve received word that former Douglas County Planning Commission Chairwoman Jo Etta Brown is at St. Mary’s after having had a stroke. She’s expected to make a recovery. Here’s hoping it’s a speedy one.
More than 100 people turned out on Wednesday morning for Bill Henderson’s memorial service at TJ’s Corral at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden. Bill succumbed to pancreatic cancer a year ago. I’ve missed him over the last year more than I can say.
The air almost actually cleared last night with an air quality of 54 in Minden at 10 p.m. This morning it’s back up to 71, which is in the moderate range. The Ranchos monitor is reading 85 at 5 a.m. Most of the smoke is from the Caldor Fire, but it looks like the Dixie Fire is contributing, as well.
The high temperature of 97 degrees tied the 64-year-old previous record in Minden on Wednesday. It was the second record to fall in two days. I’m hoping we don’t get the hat trick today, since the record is 99 degrees, set in 1993.
The Dixie Fire is well on its way to being a million-acre conflagration with 922,507 acres as of last night and 59 percent containment. A fire weather watch takes effect 11 p.m. tonight to 11 p.m. Friday for both the Dixie and Caldor fires for thunderstorms. Don’t be surprised if that turns into a red flag warning some time today.
The forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms after 11 a.m. to go with our widespread haze and smoke. We’ll see some clouds and a high around 91 degrees. The wind will pick up to 10-15 mph this afternoon gusting to 25 mph. The wind will start to calm down around 8-9 p.m. tonight.
Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org