Smoke from American fire continues to fill Valley |

Smoke from American fire continues to fill Valley

Staff Reports
The American fire burning west of Lake Tahoe pumps out smoke.
Todd White/U.S. Forest Service |

Smoke from the 12,115-acre American fire continues to drift into Carson Valley.

The fire has been burning due west of Lake Tahoe in the American River drainage since Aug. 10 and is 45 percent contained. Firefighters hope to have the fire contained by Wednesday, but that may not stop the smoke as portions of the fire’s interior continue to burn.

Meanwhile, lightning set several fires in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Carson Valley and Carson City.

The largest of those fires, the 29-acre Brunswick Canyon fire first reported at 5:18 p.m. Saturday.

As of 9:30 a.m. today, four hand crews, two air tankers and an engine had build a preliminary control line around the fire. Firefighters are working to reinforce the line on the fire burning in Eldorado Canyon 10 miles east of Carson City.

The nearest structure is five miles away from the fire, which is burning in piñon-juniper that is home to the sage grouse and deer.

Fires were also reported near Sunrise Pass Road above Smith Valley, Along Boulder Road in the Pine Nuts, and near the Buckskin Mine in Smith Valley.

The storm cell that passed north along the Pine Nuts started in the Sierra, leaving a trail of lightning-sparked fires behind it. Most ranged from a tenth of an acre down to a single tree, and were quickly contained.

The National Weather Service says residents of Western Nevada should expect a return of thunderstorms around noon today. The weather pattern is expected to continue through Wednesday night.