Cutter fire expected to be contained Sunday |

Cutter fire expected to be contained Sunday

A tanker drops retardant on a fire burning south of Gardnerville on Tuesday.

Fire officials expect to have the 1,682-acre Cutter fire contained by today.

As of Saturday morning, seven 20-member hand crews had a line around 95 percent of the fire, which is exhibiting minimal behavior.

According to the National Interagency Coordination Center, the fire is burning timber and short grass in the Pine Nut Mountains south of Gardnerville.

Nearly 200 firefighters battled the blaze, including six engine crews and two helicopters.

The blaze started around lunchtime Tuesday when a chainsaw caught fire, igniting the grass on Bureau of Indian Affairs land east of Highway 395. So far the fire has cost $340,000 to extinguish.

The fire is burning in the area of the 2012 Carter Springs fire.