The July 8, 2024, R-C Morning Report

The thermometer at Rod and Joy Smith's Willow Springs Ranch near Sheridan reads 100 degrees at 5 p.m. July 7. Photo special to The R-C

The thermometer at Rod and Joy Smith's Willow Springs Ranch near Sheridan reads 100 degrees at 5 p.m. July 7. Photo special to The R-C

Genoa, Nev. — A forest fire is burning 17 miles west of Kings Beach that satellite mapping indicates has grown to around 1,000 acres. The Royal Fire located in The Cedars south of Interstate 80 has sent air quality down to the unhealthy for sensitive groups in Tahoe City.


The fire may be the culprit affecting Carson Valley with sensors in Genoa and Minden, which are indicating moderate air quality this morning. Or it could be the 8,000-acre fire burning up near Denio or the Shelly Fire which appears to be around 10,000 acres.


Construction shifts to the northbound and center lanes of Main Street in Gardnerville this morning closing Gilman Avenue this afternoon, according to my text from the state. Toler, Mission and Eddy streets north of the highway are closed today, so they’re working in the S-Curve.


The engine of a Honda caught fire in front of the Topsy Subway around 4 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters doused it and it didn’t spread to any other vehicles that I could tell.


I heard a heat stroke call on Friday afternoon, and there may well be more of them as high temperatures continue above 100 degrees through Thursday. Minden tied the 102-degree record for July 7 and will likely break the 100-degree record set July 8, 2007.


Today’s high temperature is forecast to hit 102 degrees under sunny skies with the Washoe Zephyr coming up at 5-10 mph this afternoon gusting to 20 mph.


Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Contact him at khildebrand@recordcourier.com or 775-782-5122.

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