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James Fire holds at 280 acres and is 30 percent contained

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The majority of the forward progress has mostly stopped on the James Fire, a 280-acre brush fire burning in northern Douglas County near James Canyon Loop on Monday, July 9.

The fire is 30 percent contained as of 7 p.m.

Officials say 30 structures were initially threatened, but no damage is reported so far.

A resident in the area told News 4 that her husband witnessed an excavator hit a big rock while clearing land in the neighborhood, which then created the spark that caused the fire. East Fork Fire officials later confirmed this to be the cause.

Voluntary evacuations are in progress, according to Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office. An evacuation center has been set up at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center: 1329 Waterloo Ln., Gardnerville.

Livestock and large animals are being accepted at the Douglas County Fairgrounds: Pinenut Rd., Gardnerville.

According to Douglas Co. Sheriff, 100 personnel are on scene -- with 35 pieces of equipment deployed -- including 2 helicopters, and an air tanker.


Adams Canyon Rd. is also closed, according to Douglas Co. officials.

Residents are allowed through the south on Jacks Valley Rd. near Genoa Lakes, per Douglas County. The Canyon Creek Estates neighborhood is under voluntary evacuation.

Emergency crews are asking motorists to avoid the area.

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