Fire a close call in Topaz Ranch Estates
July 13, 2009
The first reports of a brush fire behind 3660 Granite Way were that flames taller than the telephone poles were burning 50 feet behind the home.
The fire shot up the ridge that separates Topaz Ranch Estates from Holbrook Junction and appeared to be headed away from homes in the area.
Firefighters from as far away as Sparks were called to the blaze that was first reported at 2:45 p.m.
Within an hour of the intial call, the fire had grown to 15-20 acres, but firefighters had a line half way around it.
A heavy air tanker responded to the fire from Stead, along with a Nevada Division of Forestry helicopter from Minden.
The fire had burned up the mountain but was slowed on the other side.
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There appears to have been no damage to structures from the fire. Units were called out to mop up the blaze by 4:55 p.m.
According to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch, the Granite fire had no active flames and is being managed by East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts.
The fire was being actively fought by ground and air crews.
East Fork Fire and Paramedic District Chief Tod Carlini and Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini were on scene directing fire and law enforcement personnel and resources.
While highways 208 and 395 were open, traffic was restricted in several streets in west Topaz Ranch Estates, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.