Red flag warning on Autumn Hills fire 20th anniversary |

Red flag warning on Autumn Hills fire 20th anniversary

Staff Reports
A tree turns into a torch on Kingsbury Grade during the Autumn Hills fire on June 23, 1996. A red flag warning on Thursday coincides with the fire's 20th anniversary.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A second red flag warning for critical fire danger has been issued for 1-9 p.m. today.

The National Weather Service doubled down on the warnings earlier this morning, adding to the forecast fire weather warning effective 1-9 p.m. Thursday.

Southwest winds 10-20 mph, gusting to 30-40 mph combined with low humidity is expected through the day, according to the National Weather Service.

“The combination of strong gusty winds and low humidity can cause fire to rapidly grow in size and intensity,” according to the warning issued this afternoon. “Avoid outdoor activities that can cause a spark near dry vegetation.”

That includes yard work, target shooting or campfires.

The Thursday warning coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Autumn Hills fire which claimed four homes near Foothill Road and Kingsbury Grade.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction those responsible for the Pyramid Fire. Anyone with information about this fire or individual(s) who may be responsible, please contact the BLM at 775-885-6117.

The Pyramid Fire, named for the nearby Pyramid Lake, started at approximately 2 p.m. June 3. The fire was approximately 20 miles north of Sparks and was contained on June 4 at 287 acres. Investigators have confirmed the fire was human caused by target shooters who fled the area without reporting the fire.

Numerous wildfires have been started by target shooting in past years in many Western states including Nevada, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, and Washington.