Lightning sets nine fires in Sierra Front |

Lightning sets nine fires in Sierra Front

Firefighters fought nine lightning-caused blazes in the Sierra Front, including two in the Pine Nut Mountains and three more near Markleeville, as of 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch there are two single-tree fires in the Buckeye area near Mineral Mountain on Bureau of Land Management territory east of Gardnerville. Three engines and one helicopter have been assigned to extinguishing the fires.

Three fires are burning on U.S. Forest Service land near Markleeville. All three are less than an acre in size and are being fought by two engines and a helicopter.

A quarter-acre fire in Washoe Valley is under control on BLM territory.

The largest fire is in the Bedell Flat region of the Dogskin Range north of Reno.

The Dog fire is burning 15 acres of brush and juniper on the north end of the flat. Started by lightning at 3:35 p.m., no structures are threatened by the blaze, which is at the top of the ridge. Thirty firefighters are working to control the fire, including a handcrew and three engines.

There is no estimate on a time of containment or control A second single-tree fire was also set by lighting.

Clouds brought light rain and lightning to the Carson Valley starting around noon.

On Sunday the recorded high was 99 degrees, breaking a 96-degree record set in 1955, making it the third day of record heat in a row.

A red flag warning is in effect through 3 a.m. Monday, with a chance of dry thunderstorms spreading north. The storms will become wetter on Monday, reducing the chance of fires from lightning.