Sierra Spirit Ranch barn lost in fire |

Sierra Spirit Ranch barn lost in fire

The barn at the Sierra Spirit Ranch was lost to fire not five days after the Numbers Fire was contained.
Kurt HIldebrand

The barn on the Sierra Spirit Ranch was destroyed by a fire on Friday about five days after the Numbers Fire was extinguished.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the workshop at Sierra Spirit Ranch at around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

“The wind quickly fanned the flames, and spread the to the wildland,” East Fork Battalion Chief Larry Goss said. “The building and its contents were a total loss.”

Goss said about three-quarters of an acre burned before the fire hit the Numbers Fire burn area.

Two engines, three rescues, four water tenders from East Fork fought the structure fire while three U.S. Forest Service engines assisted with the wildland fire.

Goss said the fire’s cause is under investigation.

The ranch is located at 3000 Pine Nut Road No. 2 along Pine Nut Creek in the mountains east of Gardnerville.

Tahoe-Douglas firefighters helped cover Carson Valley while East Fork fought the fire.

Firefighters had the barn fire knocked down by 2:55 p.m., but the fire spread to brush and burned toward the Numbers Fire. East Fork firefighters cleared the scene by 6 p.m.

A statement was issued around 3 p.m. Friday by the National Weather Service for thunderstorms developing over the Pine Nut Mountains. Lightning strikes could be seen in the mountains and near Carson Valley.

A weather station at the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department recorded .02 inches of rain around 5:30 p.m.

Residents reported larger amounts of rain in the vicinity.