Frontage fire claims home |

Frontage fire claims home

Firefighters battle raging flames on the Frontage Fire on Sunday afternoon.
John T. Humphrey | Special to The R-C

Community and Senior Center Number 775-782-5500 ext No. 1 for evacuees and pets.

A home and four outbuildings have been destroyed in a 75-acre fire that burned west of Highway 395 near Ruhenstroth.

The fire was first reported around 1 p.m. Sunday along the Carson River in the Indian Trail Road area, driven northeast by wind gusts of up to 40 mph.

Firefighters battled to keep the blaze from jumping Highway 395, where it would have threatened the southern Carson Valley community. Fences caught fire from burning embers.

Douglas County deputies went door to door to warn residents of the impending danger, and many left as a result. Vehicles clogged the unimproved road between Ruhenstroth and the Fairgrounds as heavy smoke and dust reduced visibility.

Winds shifted from southwest to west around 4 p.m. according to the National Weather Service. It started sprinkling rain in the Gardnerville Ranchos at around 4:20 p.m.

By 4:40 p.m. Ruhenstroth residents were being allowed back into their neighborhood from Pine Nut Road via the Fairgrounds. Highway 395 was open again by 6 p.m.

Fire units remained onscene overnight to watch for rekindle.

East Fork Fire, Douglas County Sheriff’s, Search and Rescue and DCSO Posse notified residents and helped remove large animals from the area.

Firefighters came from across the Sierra Front to help fight the fire, including Carson City, Bureau of Land Management, Tahoe Douglas, Antelope Valley, Reno, Truckee Meadows, Storey, Lake Valley, Mono, Alpine, Incline, Nevada Division of Forestry and Smith Valley Fire.

At the peak of the fight, East Fork had 35 engines, a dozer, and two helicopters.