Frontage fire cause under investigation
While the 75-acre Frontage fire was caused by human action, it wasn’t weed burning, an East Fork Fire investigator said Monday morning.
Capt. Terry Taylor said there’s no evidence that anyone was clearing weeds on Sunday afternoon.
Taylor said the investigation is continuing into the fire’s cause. It claimed a home and four outbuildings, and threatened homes in the Ruhenstroth neighborhood.
The home along Stone’s Throw is owned by Carson Valley racer and car collector Dick Clark. Firefighters initially thought two homes were lost because one of the structures was Clark’s large garage.
There was some damage to travel trailers in the trailer park, Taylor said.
Firefighters were still dousing hot spots from the fire on Monday morning. They remained at the scene through Tuesday.
The fire was first reported at 1 p.m. as 30 mph winds drove flames toward Highway 395. All of the structures destroyed in the fire were on the west side of Highway 395.
Embers from the blaze blew into Ruhenstroth, setting a spot fire, which was quickly extinguished.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to assist Nevada to combat the Frontage Fire burning in Douglas County.
Within hours of the fire’s start on Sunday, the state submitted a request for a Fire Management Assistance Declaration for the fire.
At the time of the request, the fire was immediately threatening 500 homes in and around the communities South of Gardnerville.
Evacuations were taking place for approximately 250 people. The fire, which started on Oct. 2, has burned nearly 75 acres of state and private land.
The Regional Administrator, FEMA Region IX, determined that the Frontage Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster.
The State’s request was approved on Sunday.
Fire Management Assistance Grants provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs.
The Disaster Relief Fund provides funding for FMAGs through FEMA to assist in fighting fires which threaten to cause major disasters. Eligible costs covered by the grant can include expenses for field camps; equipment use, repair and replacement; tools; materials; supplies and mobilization; and demobilization activities.