Hunter Falls fire 65-percent contained; full containment expected by Friday

Hunter Falls Fire at 8:45pm 5/18/14 (Elias Johnson)
Hunter Falls Fire 5/18/14 (Elias Johnson)
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Updated: 5/21/2014 1:42 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The rain Reno has received for the past 2 days is bringing some welcome relief for fire crews battling the hunter falls fire.

According to Sierra Front the fire burned 760 acres and is still 65 percent contained with full containment expected by Friday. With the human-caused fire comes the investigation that will look into a group of Reno area high school students who were having a bonfire Saturday.

The US Forest Service says leaving a campfire burning is a misdemeanor that could also mean jail time.

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Hunter Falls fire continues to burn, but fire crews are getting help from mother nature.

Still, there is still plenty of work to be done on the fire; it's burned through 760 acres and is 65 percent contained.

News 4 spoke with a spokesperson from the US Forrest Service who told us that investigators have determined the fire is human-caused, although the exact origin is under investigation. Part of that investigation includes looking into a group of Reno area high school students who were having a bonfire in that area Saturday night.

The fire continues to burn in the Mount Rose wilderness and is several miles from any homes. The US Forrest Service also says fire crews expect to fully contain the fire by this Friday, and although current weather conditions are helping crews, we're told fuel is still dry out and fire conditions are still very active.

Total cost of the fire is estimated at $337,000 so far.

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The fire is primarily burning in the Mount Rose wilderness, and moving northeast. Firefighters estimate that the fire is 47-percent is contained at this time. According to Sierra Front, full containment of the Fire is expected by Friday.

The U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that the Hunter Falls Fire is human-caused, not by any natural ignition. According to U.S. Forest Service Supervisor William Dunkelberger, the origin is under investigation. Part of the investigation includes a group of Reno-area high school students who were having a bonfire in that area Saturday night. The fire has been burning since then.

The Hunter Falls fire is much larger than previously anticipated because a more accurate GPS reading of the area was not obtained until Monday. The fire has now burned 760 acres, which is up from the 728 acres reported Monday afternoon. No homes and structures are in any threat or danger.

The area around Hunter Falls Fire and Hunter Lake Road, including its tributaries, and Hunter Creek Trail are closed. No road or trail use is allowed. The purpose of the closure order is to protect public health, well-being and safety of both the public and the firefighters.

144 personnel are working together to fight the fire. Four helicopters were doing bucket work, and transporting crews for fire suppression, but those operations have stopped until a forecasted storm passes.

One firefighter did suffer a minor injury, a scratched retina.

The weather was on the firefighters' side Monday, with cooler temperatures, humidity, and calm winds. Current and forecasted air quality indexes are in the good ranges for Monday and Tuesday, although areas near and downwind of the fire may experience elevated levels of fine particulars.

The U.S. Forest Service has no estimation on when the fire will be fully contained.

Monday, firefighters worked in steep and rugged terrain to build, improve, and hold the line along all flanks. Hot Shot crews that specialize in rapid initial attack of wildfires are constructing and holding fire line in the difficult terrain. Other crews are also patrolling and monitoring the fire.

Reno and Truckee Meadows Fire Departments have also positioned engines in the area of Caughlin Ranch strictly as a precautionary measure, anticipating limited fire growth The fire is not burning near structures, and may appear to be closer than it actually is. Sierra Front Cooperators have put together a contingency plan for structure protection in the unlikely event the fire moves beyond it current containment area.
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dritte197 - 5/21/2014 3:13 PM
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RamblinMom - 5/20/2014 10:32 PM
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The report did not say Reno High School students, it said Reno AREA high school students. That could be any one of ten area high schools.

Denton - 5/20/2014 2:44 PM
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Kramer are you a teacher? Because your always trying to correct peoples spelling and grammar. Or just a grammar Nazi? You make mistakes all the time. You said "maybe the 'reporter' went too reno high?" It should be "maybe the 'reporter' went to Reno high?" Not Too but To and Capital R for Reno not reno. Plus you start off the sentence with no capital. I could be here all day but one more you have used the letter U instead of You in the past. So you better go back to just reading. You are right about the main subject. Where the fire was located was extremely treacherous and no one on foot could fight it. That's why they use Helicopters and planes. Ciao Buddy.....

Kramer - 5/20/2014 12:32 PM
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no awareness of the gusting winds nor of the potential risk... R U sure it wasn't the City Council having a 'roast"? by the way, there's no hyphen (-) necessary between '47' and 'percent'; maybe the 'reporter' went too reno high?

FoolontheHill - 5/20/2014 9:25 AM
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Really? A bonfire in a wooded area? What's the matter with all the playas we have around here. How stupid are Reno High kids?

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