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East Fork responds to Washoe fire

Staff Reports

An East Fork Fire District engine responded to the 29-acre Whites Fire burning southwest of Reno near the Whites Creek Trailhead.

Engine 12 based out of Sunridge went to the fire as part of the Lake Tahoe Fire Chief's Strike Team, according to East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini.

Firefighters have a line around 35 percent of the lightning-caused blaze, which was reported 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"The fire is burning in an area that is rocky and extremely dense with vegetation, timber, and forest litter. Our crews have done a great job reinforcing fire lines, suppressing spot fires, and mopping up hot spots within the fire perimeter," said Incident Commander Stacy Saucedo. "We are hoping to have the fire 100 percent contained by the end of the day Thursday."

“There is significantly more vegetation in Western Nevada and Eastern California than we have seen in previous years because of the wet winter and spring. Above average temperatures have increased the rate of vegetation dry-out and a large crop of grass and brush is evident at lower elevations. Trees and other forest vegetation at higher elevations are also beginning to dry out.”

— Stacy Saucedo

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Firefighters faced the hottest day of the year Wednesday with temperatures above 100 degrees in Minden.

"There is significantly more vegetation in Western Nevada and Eastern California than we have seen in previous years because of the wet winter and spring," added Saucedo. "Above average temperatures have increased the rate of vegetation dry-out and a large crop of grass and brush is evident at lower elevations. Trees and other forest vegetation at higher elevations are also beginning to dry out."

People are encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires threaten human life, private property, and public land resources every summer. The potential for devastating fires during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Sierra Front Interagency Fire Dispatch Center, Minden, NV, 775-883-5995, or dial 911.