First large Nevada wildfire of year contained
CARSON CITY (AP) — Cooler nighttime temperatures helped firefighters contain the first large wildfire of the year in Nevada.
The 100-acre brush fire on private land about 50 miles southeast of Carson City was contained Saturday night, said officials at the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center in Minden.
The fire, first reported at noon Saturday near the California line, occurred more than three months earlier than the traditional start of the fire season in Nevada.
Some ranch buildings were threatened for a while, but firefighters managed to keep the flames away from them, officials said. No injuries were reported.
The fire burned south of Nevada Route 338, and threatened Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest land at one time. At worst, officials said, the blaze only touched a small portion of the national forest.
While wildfires in the Great Basin are not uncommon any time of the year, such a large wildfire in winter was unusual, officials acknowledge.
“The brush right now is very low on moisture and it’s dormant,” said Sierra Front manager Randy Scurry. “The dryness of the brush helps a fire spread … There’s no snow on the ground at lower elevations.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire season in Nevada doesn’t usually begin until June.