Preacher fire cost cracks $1 million |

Preacher fire cost cracks $1 million

Staff Reports

The 4,651-acre Preacher Fire has cost $1 million to fight so far, according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Tuesday’s rain helped firefighters get a handle on the fire burning in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville.

Three bulldozers are constructing lines along the northern edge of the fire where most homes are threatened.

Satellite imagery shows the fire has slowed down allowing fire crews to finish a line around a fifth of its perimeter.

No structures have been lost in the fire, where 279 firefighters, including seven 20-member handcrews, 20 engines, five helicopters, three single-engine air tankers, and a large air tanker.

Pine Nut Road No. 2 is closed to nonessential traffic.

The forecast includes a small chance of additional showers, but residents near the fire, including those in Pine View Estates, Ruhenstroth, Fish Springs, Double Springs, Carter Spring and Ruby Hill, should be ready to evacuate should the weather change.