Small fire burning above Jobs Peak |

Small fire burning above Jobs Peak

A helicopter drops water onto a small fire near Jobs Peak Tuesday morning. The fire was started by a lightning strike.
Jim Grant | The Record Courier

A helicopter was used to fight a small fire burning on U.S. Forest Service land about two-thirds of the way up Jobs Peak on Monday.

First reported at 2:16 a.m., it was the second lightning-set fire in the Sierra after a thunderstorm passed over Carson Valley leaving a third of an inch of rain in places, and knocking out electricity.

The helicopter was dropping buckets of water on the fire through Tuesday morning.

“Really the only way to get that fire is with air, and have some folks hike up to it,” he said. “That’s going to take some time.”

Douglas County officials have received several calls about the fire and are aware of it.

East Fork firefighters responded to a nearly quarter acre fire in the Jobs Peak Ranch subdivision at 11 p.m. Monday.

The fire was burning in heavy fuel, but after connecting to a hydrant, East Fork and Sheridan Acres firefighters were able to extinguish it.

Soule said there’s a possibility that Monday’s lightning storm left other fires smoldering in the Sierra that will come to light soon.

A possibility of rain and thunderstorms today could also bring a chance of flooding in the mountains, particularly in the area of the Pine Nuts burned in the Bison fire, according to the National Weather Service.