Kids playing with fireworks starts fire at Hwy 395 and Jacks Valley
July 19, 2017
Children playing with fireworks set a 3.2-acre fire at Jacks Valley Road and Highway 395 on Tuesday night.
East Fork firefighters responded at about 8:50 p.m. to find the fire burning in moderate to heavy brush.
Firefighters from Carson City and the U.S. Forest Service responded to the fire, and helped knock it down in about 45 minutes.
"Structure protection was provided in the area of Summerhill Road, but there was no damage to any structures, and no injuries," East Fork Battalion Chief Scott Fraser said.
Jacks Valley Road was closed for a short time to clear out traffic, and allow room for the nine engines, three water tenders and three rescues that responded.
East Fork investigators working with the USFS law enforcement are following up with the parents.
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"East Fork wants to remind everyone that all of our brush is extremely dry, and as we have seen in recent weeks fire are becoming very large very quickly," Fraser said. "Please turn in any fireworks to your local fire department. Use of fireworks is illegal in Douglas County."
This is the second instance where fireworks have been blamed for a small wildfire in Carson Valley.
On July 5, firefighters extinguished a small fire off Buckeye Road.