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East Fork helps fight Washoe County fire

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East Fork firefighters were back in Washoe County to help fight a 240-acre fire burning near Hunter Creek.

"We've had fires every day since Memorial Day," said Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore.

The fire was first reported at 1:41 p.m. Thursday, and by 2 p.m. Friday it was 35 percent contained. No structures are threatened and so far there have been no injuries.

East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said East Fork Brush 12 responded to the fire with three crew members.

Moore said that aid from surrounding agencies is critical to being able to fight fires in the Sierra Front.

"The mutual aid relationships we maintain in this region are vital, and the ability to bring to bear the kind of aggressive attack we did on this fire is nothing short of impressive," he said.

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The fire closed roads and trails in the vicinity to make way for firefighters and fire investigators.

This was the third fire in a week near Reno that East Fork has sent support to. Washoe County agencies responded to the Topaz Fire on June 6.

"The Hunter Creek Fire is another powerful reminder that wildfire season is in full swing here," Moore said. "Maintaining defensible space and being prepared for evacuation are the most important things a resident can do to prepare a home for a wildfire."

East Fork firefighters responded to the 141-acre Garson Fire and the 5,298-acre Hollywood Fire that started Monday.