Firefighters lasso Autumn Hills blaze |

Firefighters lasso Autumn Hills blaze

Firefighters work a blaze off Autumn Hills Road on Aug. 17. That fire and one south of it in Jobs Peak Ranch on Tuesday were prevented from becoming worse through the intervention of neighbors and workers in the Sierra.
Brad Coman |

A neighbor saved an Autumn Hills home with a garden hose when a slash pile self-combusted on Wednesday.

East Fork firefighters said the neighbor prevented the fire from getting into one of the trees. Dry conditions this summer have increased the forest’s flammability.

The pile had been accumulated over the course of a decade.

The fire was first reported by neighbors at 1:47 p.m. Firefighters responded to the blaze, but had to find a way past a locked gate to get to the scene.

By 2 p.m. firefighters from East Fork Fire District and the U.S. Forest Service were on scene and battling the blaze. They reported stopping forward progress by 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters reported the slash pile they found burning would require extensive overhaul.

They returned to the scene of the fire on Thursday morning to ensure it had been extinguished.

Firefighters across Northern Nevada kept their eyes to the sky as lighting strikes set as many as 18 fires around Winnemucca on Tuesday night.

A lightning storm that swept through Central Nevada on Tuesday set 11 wildfires around Winnemucca, and prompted reports of another seven, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

On Wednesday, meteorologists said there wasn’t a repeat because the strongest lightning storms also carried the heaviest precipitation.

The chance of thunderstorms was expected to decrease today and Saturday before returning on Sunday.

The largest of the fires that started on Tuesday, the 11,240-acre Monroe fire, is expected to be contained by Saturday night. Firefighters have a line around 40 percent of the blaze.

Wednesday’s fire reminded residents of the June 23, 1996, blaze that claimed four homes in the neighborhood.