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Lightning set fire extinguished at Autumn Hills

Staff Reports

Lightning set a quarter-acre fire in the Autumn Hills neighborhood of Carson Valley at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Several residents reported the strike and subsequent fire off Jeannie Lane near the foothills to Douglas County Emergency Dispatch.

East Fork Battalion Chief Larry Goss said district firefighters responded, calling in agencies from surrounding jurisdictions for support.

"Structures protection was put in place as well as direct attack on the flaming front to stop the progression towards homes," Goss said.

“Structures protection was put in place as well as direct attack on the flaming front to stop the progression towards homes.”Chief Larry GossEast Fork Battalion

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Aircraft where initially ordered but cancelled due to the quick action of the first units to arrive on scene.

Goss said a unified command was established between East Fork and the U.S. Forest Service.

A total of five engines, two water tenders, four command officers, and a hand crew worked together to suppress and overhaul the fire.

Assisting East Fork firefighters were Tahoe Douglas Fire District and the Humbolt-Toiyabe Unit of the Forest Service. Additional resources from Lyon County and the Tahoe National Forest were cancelled prior to arrival.

A lighting storm set fires from Gardnerville to Reno on Thursday. A total of .14 inches of rain fell north of Genoa on Thursday evening. More thunderstorms are expected on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.