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Waterfall fire fully contained

CARSON CITY – The last of the Waterfall fire that consumed some 15 homes and more than 8,700 acres was fully contained Tuesday, said Cynthia Sage, fire information officer with the U.S. Forest Service.

“The guys that are on the line have been doing some work on one little pocket they were having trouble with. They dropped some buckets on it and they’re cleaning up hot spots,” she said. “It’s looking real good right now.”

On Thursday morning, the fire command will be turned over to a Type III team of about 120 people who will finish mopping up and patrolling the area until the fire is done.

Sage said new mapping Tuesday was able to pinpoint the exact acres burned at 8,723.

The Waterfall fire was first spotted about 3 a.m. July 14. By 1 p.m. the small fire had exploded into an inferno that raced across Carson City destroying homes, businesses and land.

Investigators believe an illegal campfire possibly smoldered for days in an isolated location in upper Kings Canyon near the falls. Investigators would like to talk to anyone in the Kings Canyon vicinity up to a week prior to the fire being reported. Secret Witness, (775) 322-4900, is offering a cash reward.

The Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada State Parks, Carson City and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are focused on preventing sediment from getting into stream channels, restoring drainage patterns and minimizing erosion on burned lands.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest prohibits riding off-highway vehicles on the fire lines and in the burned area. The Forest asks the public not to hamper the efforts of the Burn Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) Team, and refrain from entering the area.

Private landowners can obtain information on controlling soil erosion and helping plants recover on their property from Carson City Urban Forester, Molly Sinnot, at (775) 884-1883.

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