Pine Nut fire up to 1,300 acres |

Pine Nut fire up to 1,300 acres

Shannon Litz

Two-hundred firefighters are battling a 1,300 acre fire burning in the Pinenut Creek area of the Pine Nut Mountains.

Firefighters are engaged in structure protection and building a hand line to keep the fire contained to the creek drainage, according to Elayne Briggs, information officer for the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.

Pinenut 2 Road, which leads into the neighborhood, has been closed to all but residential and emergency traffic. About 20 homes are threatened by the fire along with penned livestock, critical deer winter range and sage grouse habitat.

Dubbed the Bison fire, it was first reported at 3:30 p.m., and is burning in timber and pinon, juniper, sagebrush and grass.

As of 9 p.m. two hand crews, seven engines are fighting the fire which quickly grew after being set by a lightning strike in Buffalo Canyon east of Fish Springs.

The fire is operating under unified command between East Fork Fire District and the Bureau of Land Management.

Units from the Storey County Fire Department, Central Lyon County Fire District, Carson City Fire Department, Reno Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are aiding East Fork and the BLM in fighting the blaze

All volunteer firefighters in the East Fork District were called to their stations.

The smoke plume is apparent from all over the Carson Valley.

A thunderstorm cell passed over the Pine Nuts at 3 p.m. with lightning strikes reported by the National Weather Service.