No homes lost in fire above Jacks Valley
July 9, 2018
A fire that sent flames and smoke raging through a neighborhood above Jacks Valley Road on Monday was caused by heavy equipment working on a new home site.
Despite flames raging all around, no homes were lost in the fire, that quickly burned through thick buck brush and desert peach.
The 280-acre fire originally threatened as many as 30 structures.
East Fork firefighters responded within minutes of the first report of flames at 12:50 p.m. Monday.
Incident Commander Steve Eisele said firefighters were still mopping up a few hotspots. Eisele, who is East Fork fire marshal, said the fire was about 60 percent contained and that he hoped to have it contained and controlled by Tuesday.
While the neighborhood has hydrants, Eisele said the fire moved so fast that engines couldn't hook up without the danger of being pinned down.
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"It was hard to keep up with the fire," he said.
More than 100 firefighters worked three-dozen pieces of equipment to protect the homes in the neighborhood along James Canyon Loop.
An air tanker arrived to help stop the flames, which were reported to have jumped Jacks Valley Road in two spots near the former Rite of Passage house.
East Fork and the U.S. Forest Service combined command efforts to fight the fire.
Jacks Valley Road reopened around 7 p.m.
Units from Alpine, Lyon, and Storey counties, Carson City, the Mason Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management.