Sunday update: 6,300-acre Bison fire burning north in Pine Nuts |

Sunday update: 6,300-acre Bison fire burning north in Pine Nuts

Kurt Hildebrand
Minden Air's two big tankers spent the night at home. They are based out of Stead for the Bison fire, whose smoke is clinging to the Pine Nut Mountains this morning.

The price tag on the Bison fire is up to $1.2 million this morning as it continues to burn in the Pine Nut Mountains.

Six-hundred firefighters are working the blaze burning five miles east of Gardnerville. No structures have been reported lost, and no one has been injured.

As the size of the fire is revised downward, to 6,330 acres from 7,000, it continues to burn in piñon and juniper, producing smoke that this morning was more cloud than plume.

Thirteen hand crews continued to make progress on a line around the fire, bringing containment to 30 percent as 18 engines continue to protect structures. Ground forces will receive help from nine air tankers, including the P2V Neptune and BAE-146 jet tanker owned by Minden Air.

Firefighters hope to get a line around the fire by Monday, but that may depend on the winds, which will be out of the southwest at 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph today, before they shift westerly at around 5 p.m.

That may be a window for firefighters before a front bringing faster winds rolls into Western Nevada on Monday. This morning at the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Station, the wind is out of the west at 5 mph.

Concerns that the fire will move east toward Smith and Mason valleys have prompted plans for moving air and ground resources that direction.

Pinenut Road is closed to nonresidents at the intersection of Out-R-Way. A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 homes in the area.

Fire information will continue to be updated at,, and on the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and Douglas County’s pages on Facebook.

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