Firefighters mop up mount como fire |

Firefighters mop up mount como fire

by Merrie Leininger

Firefighters finished mopping up a controlled burn Monday that blazed out of control in the Pine Nut Mountains over the weekend.

Called the Como Mountain Fire by the Sierra Front Incident Management Team, the fire grew to 1,767 acres before it was contained. Much of the land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management, but some is private land. The fire was in a remote area on the east side of the Pine Nuts in Douglas County.

Very few structures and a few horse corrals were threatened, but no property was damaged and nobody was injured, BLM officials said.

Crews reached the fire through Upper Colony Road near Mason Valley.

Low temperatures and high humidity helped firefighters contain the fire by Monday morning. The fire was spread by higher than expected winds Friday. The fire was set Wednesday and wind blew sparks as far as a mile away from the prescribed burn.

Sixty firefighters from BLM, the Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Nevada Department of Forestry and numerous other agencies worked on the fire. Sierra Front Spokesman Joe Nishikida said Monday just two crews and two engines remained on the scene.

“They are just doing the majority of the mop-up work to make sure there no more problems,” Nishikida said.

He said the cost of containing the fire was estimated at $100,000.