Wildfires keep raging through Northern Nevada
More than 100,000 acres of land has burned between the several fires that have been blazing through Northern Nevada this week. Fire crews have been working around the clock to contain these fires, and although they are still actively burning, crews have partially contained all of them.
LIMERICK FIRE: Located about 15 miles northeast of Lovelock, Nevada, this fire has burned through 14,656 acres of land, but it's at 75 percent containment, and crews expect to have it fully contained by July 8. Crews continue to work containment
TRUCKEE FIRE: The Truckee fire was one of the first brush fires to spark this week, and has burned through 88,000 acres of land with 35 percent containment. As of right now, it is the largest fire in terms of acreage.
WINNEMUCCA RANCH FIRE: The Winnemucca Ranch fire sparked on July 4 and has extended throughout Palomino Valley. Approximately 3,490 acres of land has burned with 55 percent containment.
Earlier this week residents were asked to self-evacuate, but those evacuation orders have since been lifted. Residents are asked to take caution when returning to their homes in that area as fire suppression activity is ongoing. As of July 7, the Winnemucca Ranch fire was transitioned to a Type 2 Great Basin Incident Management Team.
EARTHSTONE FIRE: At one point the Earthstone fire was the largest of the fires. Earlier this week the blaze jumped Interstate 80 causing lane shutdowns in both directions of the interstate between Mustang and Wadworth. Currently there are 280 resources assigned to this fire and 33,700 acres of land has burned with 30 percent containment.
With regard to the cause of the fire, witnesses have reported seeing two men in a small, black or bluish, two-door vehicle traveling west on Earthstone Drive, about 1,000 feet from where the fire started, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 3.
Secret Witness is offering a reward for locating the suspects. If you have any information on the suspects and their vehicle call (775) 322-4900.
DRY GULCH FIRE: Located 23 miles southeast of Jackpot, Nevada, the Dry Gulch fire has increased to 28,000 acres of rocky terrain with limited access. There are currently 64 personnel fighting this fire. Air assets are assisting ground crews consisting of engines and smoke jumpers from the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Nevada Division of Forestry. The PHMA sage-grouse habitat and the critical deer and elk habitat winter range are damaged and/or threatened. Currently, there are no structures threatened, but if the fire pushes east and makes significant strides several ranches may be threatened.