Wind hinders fire-fighting efforts |

Wind hinders fire-fighting efforts

Jarid Shipley
Firefighters work to contain a 2016 fire located near Carson City.

CARSON CITY – Gusty winds Sunday afternoon thwarted crews trying to contain a wildfire located near the Carson City landfill. Winds caused the Flint fire to shift and blow outside of containment lines several times during the afternoon.

The 215-acre fire was listed as 80 percent contained at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Barring a change in conditions, full containment was expected by late Sunday evening, according to Elayne Briggs, Sierra Front Fire Information Officer.

Crews had expected the fire to be contained by 3:30 p.m. Sunday, but strong winds caused a blow-out on the south flank. Both air and ground crews focused their attack at that edge, near Brunswick Canyon.

“The wind just blows the fire through that cheatgrass so fast,” said Carson City Fire Chief Stacey Giomi.

The fire began at 11:49 a.m. Sunday near the Carson Rifle Range south of the landfill. The fire appears to be human caused and is currently under investigation.

More than 120 personnel from Carson City Fire, Central Lyon County Fire, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, East Fork Fire, Mason Valley Fire and North Lyon County Fire worked under a unified command to battle the blaze.

Crews were supported by six heavy air tankers and two helicopters as well as several hot shot crews. Air tankers were being used aggressively to try to hold the fire as the winds increased in the afternoon.

“We have a lot of resources available in the area and were able to put them to use,” Briggs said.

Lyon County Fire was providing structural protection to homes in the Mound House area, including the Carson Highlands Mobile Home park at 200 James Court. Homeowners were advised to be prepared, but no evacuations were expected to be ordered.

Whitney Jackson, a resident of the park, said she had recently been helping her friends across Highway 50 evacuate during the Linehan fire.

“We moved their horses and took their dogs in during the last fire. It was nice to have a dry run, I’m not panicking nearly as much as I would be had we not done it,” Jackson said.

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