A fire burning near Wolf Creek has grown to 40 acres according to Nevadafireinfo.org
Update: The Wolf Creek Fire is 50 percent contained and its size has been revised down to 32.5 acres.
Additional hand crews and aircraft are on their way to a fire burning above Highway 4 near the Wolf Creek Campground on the Carson Ranger District.
Federal officials said on Thursday morning that the fire is estimated at 35 acres, with three helicopters and air attack providing support to ground resources, who have been challenged by the rugged, steep terrain.
First reported around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the fire could have been set by lightning, though no official cause has been released.
“Potential thunderstorms moving through the area pose safety concerns by creating downdrafts and gusty erratic winds over the fire area,” fire spokesman Rich Martinez said Thursday. “The National Weather Service predicts warm and dry conditions prevailing through the rest of the week.”
A forest fire burning 10 miles southeast of Markleeville has forced the evacuation of Wolf Creek Campground.
The fire, likely set by a lightning strike, is estimated at around 35 acres and is threatening two structures in the region south of Highway 4 in Alpine County.
“The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors is our top priorities,” Unified Command Spokesman J.T. Chevallier on Wednesday. “Currently, there is no immediate threat to the communities of Markleeville, Markleevillage, Pleasant Valley, Highway 89 Corridor and the surrounding areas.”
As of noon, 45 firefighters using two helicopters, two tenders and five engines had the fire about 25 percent contained, even as clouds were streaming in over the Sierra bringing the possibility of more lightning.
Motorists are asked to avoid Wolf Creek Road, which is closed 5.5 miles southeast of the junction with Highway 4.
“Residents and visitors are reminded to prioritize safety during this incident,” Chevallier said. “Please adhere to all road closures and evacuation orders issued by authorities. Ensure that you stay informed through official channels and follow any instructions provided by emergency personnel.”