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Thursday 7 a.m. update: Fire in Pine Nuts reported to be 1,800 acres

An East Fork water tender heads up Pinenut Road toward the Monarch Fire east of Gardnerville on Wednesday.
Kurt HIldebrand

Update: A lightning strike is the likely cause of an 1,800-acre fire burning in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. about three miles south of Sierra Spirit Ranch near the old Preacher fire burn.

Three handcrews, two single-engine air tankers and several brush engines were called to the scene. A helicopter was dropping water on the fire.

No homes were immediately threatened by the fire, but Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue went door-to-door to notify residents.

In addition to East Fork, Douglas County deputies, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Division of Forestry responded to the blaze.

Previous Story: A wildfire burning in the Pine Nuts quickly grew to 25-30 acres as firefighters called for air tankers and hand crews to help extinguish the fire.

A second alarm for water tenders was issued after a column of smoke was spotted rising in the Pine Nuts about three miles south of Sierra Spirit Ranch.

The first report came in at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday. East Fork firefighters were en route to the location.

Firefighters say the fire is moving southeast. Pinenut Road is closed at Lena Lane, where firefighters are staging.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue has been called out to handle traffic control and notify residents in the potential path of the fire.

Reports of a second fire near the old power dam are likely the same smoke column seen from a different direction, firefighters said.

Several lightning strikes hit the Pine Nuts in the rough vicinity of where the smoke is rising.