Carter Springs Fire burns 1500 acres; roads closed all night

Reported by: Alyx Sacks
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Updated: 9/21/2012 11:29 pm
11:00pm Fire crews plan to be on scene and fight the fire throughout the night. No homes damaged, no serious injuries reported. According to Sierra Front on firefighter sustained minor non-burn injuries.

Fire officials say they hope to have the fire contained by Monday Sept. 24th.
7:50pm News 4's reporter on the scene, Alyx Sacks, says the fire is now at 1,500 acres.

7:00pm -- Captain Terry Taylor says Highway 395 will be closed all night, most likely, in efforts to fight the fire.

The fire is moving in a northeasterly direction.

The structures threatened are now protected by fire vehicles.

6:35pm -- The fire now 500 acres. It's 5 percent contained with full containment expected by Sept. 24. Currently, 30 homes are threatened. The fire is burning on the east side of the highway and has not yet jumped the pavement to the west side. One injury has been reported, this all according to Sierra Front.

Ed Mahoney
Ed Mahoney
5:37pm -- The fire is still zero percent contained, according to Halsey.

Hand crews have been successful thus far in keeping the fire on the east side of US Hwy 395, while the main firefighting effort is still being made via water drops from helicopter.

A joint command was established between East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to manage the incident.

Approximately 300 firefighters are engaged in the firefighting effort; agencies include: East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts, Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, Carson City Fire Dept, Lyon County Fire Dept, and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

5:30pm - The fire has burned into some power poles along 395.

NV Energy disconnected the power from the area (Ruhenstroth drive to Double Springs) before the fire got to the power poles.

4:30pm -- The fire is now 200 acres. U.S. 395 is currently closed from Riverview on the north end and the Highway 208 intersection on the south end. Fire behavior is currently severe and erratic due to increasing winds.

3:25pm -- Sierra Front says the fire is now burning 150 acres. There are three air tankers, one helicopter, two hand crews, 10 engines, two command staffs and 95 personnel on scene.

Sierra Front says the fire showing moderate rate of spread toward Devil Springs Flats and is threatening to jump U.S. 395. Air and Ground units are engaged in initial attack. Additional resources have been ordered. Incident Command Post is at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

3:10pm -- Power lines down at the fire scene, but they are deenergized.

2:30pm - Approximately 5 primary structures are threatened within 1/4 mile or less.

2:25pm - Trooper Chuck Allen says the highway might be closed for another four hours in both directions. Everyone living south of Ray May might not be able to access their homes. 

Traffic entering Holbrook Junction coming from the south traveling to the north is being rerouted to Yerington on State Route 208. 

NHP is saying to exercise caution and avoid the area.

1:56pm - Jim Halsey says 30 acres are burning. Air and Ground units are engaged in initial attack.

1:53pm -- Fire has burned 20 acres and structures are threatened, according to Sierra Front. 

1:17pm -- Non-mandatory evacuations are being done, according to Sierra Front. Currently, there is one air tanker, one helicopter, one hand crew, six engines and two command staffs on scene.

1:06pm - Sierra Front says the fire is burning at 5 acres half a mile south of Ray May.

(Gary Reyes)
(Gary Reyes)
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- US Hwy 395 is temporarily closed at Ray May Way in the north, and Pine Valley Rd in the south, to allow East Fork Fire units to access the area, according to Jim Halsey with Douglas County.

Halsey says East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts advises of a 2-5 acre wildland fire burning in the hillside east of Spring Valley area just south of Leviathan Mine Rd.

The fire is close to US Hwy 395, and reportedly moving toward homes in the area. Sierra Dispatch says there is a helicopter on standby, and they're sending trucks to the scene.

We will you bring you more information as it becomes available. News 4 has a crew on the way the fire.

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