Fire smoldering near Leviathan Mine Road |

Fire smoldering near Leviathan Mine Road

Smoke from the Meadow Mine Fire blends into the background on Tuesday morning.
Kurt Hildebrand

The size of a wildland fire set by lightning in the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville has been revised down to around 57 acres.

According to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch, the Meadow Mine Fire is 46 acres and the Meadow Mine 2 fire is 11 acres.

As of Tuesday morning, there are approximately 150 personnel assigned to the fire with 15 engines, 2 bulldozers, 6 aircraft, 6 hand crews and various overhead, East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said.

There are no evacuations as of Tuesday morning. 

“Residents living off of Leviathan Mine road and Double Springs are encouraged to follow social media and local media incase the fire increases in size,” Fraser said.

The fire was started by a lightning strike on early Monday morning which was fanned into flames by afternoon winds.

“Lightning strike fires are a common occurrence,” Fraser said. “The majority of the time they remain small.  These fires are larger than normal, which we are seeing this year.”

The fire was called in at around 5 p.m. by a Douglas County deputy on patrol along Highway 395 in the Pine Nut Mountains.

East Fork Fire Protection District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management firefighters responded to the fire which was located about a mile down Leviathan Mine road from Highway 395. 

First arriving units found 10 acres burning in PJ and sagebrush.  No structures were immediately threatened.  

Numerous units were requested to the fire, and additional mutual aid from Carson Fire, Tahoe Douglas Fire, Antelope Valley, Alpine County and Mason Valley. All were used at the fire or for covering for other calls.  

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Officials are notifying residents of a fire burning on either side of a ridge above Leviathan Mine that has reached 120 acres in size.

East Fork firefighters aided by surrounding jurisdictions are fighting the fire that was reported at 5:10 p.m.

The fire is burning in difficult terrain but there are concerns it could burn down into the Double Spring Flat neighborhood and across Highway 395.

There have been no reports of any homes lost or damaged by the fire or injuries.

Leviathan Mine Road is closed at Highway 395.

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Firefighters are responding to Highway 395 and Leviathan Mine Road for a report of a wildland fire on the ridge south of the highway.

Personnel on scene say they have the beginnings of a major incident with a large column of smoke showing at the Meadow Fire.

Report from the scene are that it is 5-10 acres burning on either side of the ridge. Fire is starting to run down the hill.

No structures are immediately threatened by the fire. Fire and police are discussing possible evacuation notifications in the area.

Volunteers from across the East Fork Fire District have been called out.

A heavy barrage of lighting strikes early this morning have set a minor fire in Hope Valley.