The R-C Morning Report
July 24, 2012
The Springs fire is 35 percent contained and holding at 1,193 acres in size in the upper reaches of the Pine Nut Mountains. Heavy rain in the Pine Nuts on Monday evening helped suppress the blaze and the fire should be contained by the end of today as 11 hand crews cut their way around it. So far the cost of fighting the fire is $187,000. There are 283 personnel working the fire, including six engines and four helicopters.
The storm cells that set fires on Sunday dumped a lot of water in the Valley on Monday. I got .4 inches of rain from Sunday through Monday evening. A half inch fell south of Gardnerville, along with hail. Flooding in Johnson Lane and over Highway 395 in the Pine Nuts slowed traffic and left debris on the roads.
The storms have cleared and today should see sunny skies and a high temperature of 88 degrees. The wind should be out of the west at 5-10 mph before shifting to the east. Today will be when we find out if any of the lightning ignited any additional fires in the mountains.