Preacher fire nears full containment
July 29, 2017
Firefighters are demobilizing off the 5,333-acre Preacher fire as it approaches full containment.
According to Saturday's National Interagency Coordination Center incident management report, there's a line around 96 percent of the fire burning in the Pine Nuts east of Gardnerville.
"Five crews and six engines will finish securing the line and mopping up hot spots … as well as completing fire suppression repair," officials said Saturday.
Full containment is expected Saturday evening, according to the latest update. The fire, which started by a lightning strike 3 a.m. July 24 on land held by the Bureau of Land Management, cost $2.8 million to fight. Three-quarters of that cost will be covered by a Federal Emergency Management Administration grant.
Douglas County commissioners declared an emergency due to the fire on July 25.
Residents may see smoke or ash whirlwinds rising from the burn area.
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Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the weekend before high pressure builds and temperatures hit the century mark.