Officials expect Saturday containment on Preacher fire |

Officials expect Saturday containment on Preacher fire

Staff Reports
A card thanking firefighters on the Preacher fire.
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Fire officials hope to have a line around the 5,386-acre Preacher fire by noon Saturday.

The weather will give fire crews a break today as they continue to mop up hot spots and secure the perimeter of the Preacher fire, burning in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville.

There is a line around a fifth of the fire, focusing on the northern flank to protect nearby homes.

“As the western and eastern edges are in extremely steep terrain, additional crews have been assigned to these areas where access by engines is limited,” according to fire public information officer Denise Cobb. “Dozers have made excellent progress on the northern edge of the fire and crews will continue today to secure the line.”

Residents may see some smoke from trees torching within the fire’s interior. Otherwise, the fire is creeping and smoldering.

More than 500 firefighters are working on the blaze, which began with a lightning strike early Monday morning.

National Weather Service forecasters predict a chance of lightning storms on Friday and Saturday.

The cost of fighting the fire hit $1.2 million on Thursday, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center incident management situation report.

A grant approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover up to three-quarters of the fire’s cost. Douglas County commissioners issued a disaster declaration on Tuesday.