New West Slope fire threatens smoky conditions |

New West Slope fire threatens smoky conditions

Staff Reports

Even as firefighters got the upper hand on the Kyburz Fire, a new fire near Gold Run on Saturday was expected to start bringing smoke into Western Nevada on Sunday.

The 1,500-acre Lowell Fire was reported 2:37 p.m. Saturday west of Alta, forcing evacuations in Nevada County, where the fire disabled the 911 phone lines.

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Lowell Fire was burning less than a mile north of Interstate 80 near Gold Run.

With gusty southwest winds expected Sunday, National Weather Service forecasters expect smoke mostly north of Carson City.

Gusty winds and lower humidity will increase fire weather conditions during the day.

After a damp July, Sierra vegetation is starting to dry out bringing an increased chance of wildfire. Forecasters are asking Western Nevada residents to be careful with ignition sources. They predict a red flag warning may affect some localized areas.