800-acre fire threatens Topaz Ranch Estates
The first big wildfire broke out in the hills above Topaz Ranch Estates on Wednesday afternoon.
The 800-acre Canyon Fire was first reported at about 1:45 p.m. by multiple residents.
The fire was burning in Minnehaha Canyon near Sandstone Drive.
The National Interagency Coordination Center reported the fire was 800 acres in it’s 4:30 a.m. roundup. There are 175 firefighters working on it including five handcrews and three helicopters. Fire officials report active fire behavior with isolated torching and uphill runs.
At least one home is threatened by the blaze, including habitat for sage grouse.
Firefighters hope to have the blaze contained by Saturday.
So far the fire has cost $150,000 to fight.
The Canyon Fire is one of two-dozen uncontained large fires burning across the nation.
Evacuation order for the area were lifted at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Voluntary evacuations began at 3 p.m. in the area east of Canyon Drive. The Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center was set up as the evacuation center.
By 5 p.m. a jet fire tanker dropped retardant on the fire as helicopters dropped water from Topaz Lake on the blaze.
The fire started on Bureau of Land Management territory and a joint command between the BLM and East Fork Fire Protection District controlled operations.
In addition to career and volunteer firefighters from across Douglas County, units from Antelope Valley, Lyon County, Carson City and Truckee Meadows responded to the fire.
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Search and Rescue Team went door to door in the neighborhood threatened by the blaze to alert residents to the fire danger.
Douglas County officials urged residents to watch the fire’s progress and be prepared to evacuate should it turn back toward them.