Update: Washoe Fire grows to 64 acres
Genoa, Nev. — Firefighters have a handle on a 64-acre fire burning above Washoe Valley that was set when an aircraft crashed above Davis Creek on Sunday.
Firefighters reported having a line half way around the fire last night. Firefighters said residents will continue to see flare-ups from within containment lines.
East Fork Fire Protection District provided an engine for a strike team for several hours on Sunday until the fire laid down that evening.
East Fork Engine 12 was dispatched at 4:30 p.m. Sunday to fight the fire. The engine was released at about 7:40 p.m Sunday.
According to fire officials, a representative of the Federal Aviation Administration said an unidentified aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in the area where the fire occurred. At least one person was killed in what was described as a motorized glider.
The fire is burning in extremely rough, steep terrain burning in timber and brush, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Hikers and campers in the area were warned to leave the area by Washoe County Sheriff’s deputies.
There are a number of resources already on the fire including 10 engines, four helicopters, two scoopers, four air tankers, and two single-engine air tankers. Federal officials said more resources are on order including four hand crews.
“Firefighting supplies and resources are being flown to the fire due to the terrain being extremely steep and rugged,” officials said. “No strong winds are expected on the fire in the next couple of days.”
The fire is one mile southeast of the Winter Creek Lodge in the Slide Bowl area of the Mt. Rose Ski Resort near Reno, Nevada. No structures are currently threatened, including the Slide Mountain communication site.
Recreationists are asked to stay out of the Brown’s Creek and Davis Creek areas. North Washoe Valley Road (Old U.S. Route 395A) is closed in both directions between I-580 – Exit 50 and Franktown Road in Washoe Valley Nevada due to the number of fire resources accessing the area. Local residents will be allowed through.
Fire officials are asking people to drive slowly and not pull over and take pictures for public and firefighter safety.