East Fork responds to California wildfires
An East Fork Fire Protection District brush engine and battalion chief were dispatched as part of an immediate need strike team to the Hungry Fire burning near Spanish Springs.
Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said the battalion chief is the strike team leader with East Fork, Carson City, Tahoe Douglas, Storey County en route to the fire, which has consumed 305 acres so far.
An East Fork battalion chief is one of 660 firefighters assigned to the Walker Fire burning near Doyle, Calif., which has grown to nearly 60 square miles since it started on Wednesday.
Burning 11 miles east of Taylorsville, evacuations have been ordered for the area as tanker aircraft try to douse it.
On Saturday night, an East Fork brush engine joined four other Sierra Front departments to battle the 400-acre Swedes Fire burning near Oroville, Calif. That fire started Saturday afternoon and has claimed two structures, according to the Butte County Fire Department.
Four East Fork firefighters accompanied the brush engine, which was a task force of five. That task force returned to the district on Tuesday, Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said Sunday morning.
Two wildfires reported on Friday evening near the northern Douglas County line in the Pine Nuts were reported contained or controlled.
The Williams Fire was a single tree near Sunrise Pass Road while the Como Fire was contained at 4.26 acres.
East Fork firefighters responded to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office main jail 4:45 a.m. Sunday for a report of smoke in the kitchen.
The smoke came from burned electrical wiring in the hood fan system. No damage was done and no injuries were reported.
East Fork firefighters, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team were dispatched to the Pine Nut Mountains for a report of an off-road vehicle crash 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Fraser said the 61-year-old driver of the vehicle was trying to walk out, but had run out of water and needed help.
The man was located with the help of Care Flight helicopter and after being examined, was given a ride home.