Noon update: Lighting strike sets fire near Woodfords |

Noon update: Lighting strike sets fire near Woodfords

Update:  The eight-acre Diamond Fire was contained as of 11 a.m. with two handcrews remaining to mop up hotspots.


Previous stories: A fire started by a lightning strike in Alpine County is 8 acres in size, according to the Sierra Front.

Three hand crews worked to get a line around 10 percent of the fire on Thursday night. The fire is on BLM land with five engines. The two helicopters will continue to help douse it today.

The fire is  burning in grass, sagebrush and piñon-juniper.  and was putting up a lot of smoke on Thursday evening.


Previous information: East Fork Brush Trucks 7 and 14 are expected to remain on scene aiding Eastern Alpine County firefighters until about 9 p.m.

Two Nevada Division of Forestry crews and a squad from Back Mountain Hot Shots are on scene cutting a line around the fire.

East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson reported firefighters were being aided by lots of helicopter bucket work. Eastern Alpine has engines conducting structure protection at the Washoe Tribe’s Woodfords Colony.


The Diamond Valley fire is burning away from the Woodfords Colony, though it is well established in a drainage. Firefighters are working to reach the blaze. They are also establishing structure protection for the colony.

Gardnerville, Nev. — A smoke plume could be seen rising from Diamond Valley in Alpine County after a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon.

First reported at 3:55 p.m. after the strike. Smoke and flames were seen coming from the timber off Diamond Valley Road near the Washoe Tribe’s Woodfords Community.

Diamond Valley Road was closed to public traffic so firefighters could gain access to the fire.

Eastern Alpine and East Fork firefighters are responding to the fire.

Lightning storms are forecast for this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 4:20 p.m. rain started falling in Gardnerville.