Clear Creek Fire: 100% contained

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Updated: 7/18/2014 8:16 pm
UPDATE: 7/18/14, 8:15 p.m.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Sierra Front reports that the Clear Creek Fire has reached 100% containment.
UPDATE: 7/18/14, 11:13 a.m.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Crews have reported progress on a western Nevada wildfire that had threatened the ranch of former casino owner John Ascuaga.

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center spokeswoman Elizabeth Kenna said Friday the Clear Creek Fire southwest of Carson City was 75 percent contained, with full containment expected by late Saturday afternoon.

She says the lightning-sparked fire has charred less than a square mile, or 187 acres, of sage brush along the south side of U.S. 50.

Ascuaga, the former longtime owner of the Sparks casino named for him, told the Reno Gazette-Journal he thought the worst Wednesday night when the fire moved about a mile from his Jacks Valley ranch.

He praised firefighters for halting its spread.

Evacuees of a nearby subdivision have been allowed to return to their homes.

No injuries were reported.

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UPDATE: 7/18/14, 8:07 a.m.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Resources have managed to keep a hold of the Clear Creek Fire that is expected to be contained sometime Saturday, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Website.

Some 'spotting' was reported due to critically dry fuels and high winds but personnel on sight were able to address the spotting quickly. The North West flank of the fire (the steep side on the south side of Clear Creek Canyon) is still active.

Sierra Front is urging residents of the area or those passing through to be cautious when driving on roads around the fire area, as fire officials and equipment are present.

UPDATE: 7/17/14, 3:30 p.m.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Clear Creek Fire is now 35%, and the voluntary evacuation request has been lifted.

According to Sierra Front, there were two small "slopovers", but fire crews have managed to contain them. 150 personnel are working on the fire, and helicopters continue to do bucket work.

Sierra Front cautions residents to be aware when driving on roads around the fire area, as fire personnel and equipment are present. They also ask anyone to call 911 if you see any fires that may have resulted from Wednesday's lightning. Fuels could be smoldering.

No injuries have been reported on the fire.

UPDATE: 7/17/14, 12:40 a.m.

-- The Clear Creek fire continues to sit at about 25% containment, with close to 300 acres burned. Hand crews and air support have been tackling the fire since Wednesday evening.

"We really want to nail this down because we don't need this working it's way up the ridge you know towards Spooner Summit. And you know there's much heavier timber farther up so the quicker we can get this wrapped up the better off we will be," said PIO for Sierra Front, Mark Struble.

Officials say they have stopped forward progression of the fire, but now personnel are focusing on getting hot spots put out.

UPDATE: 7/17/14, 10:38 a.m.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) --
Voluntary evacuations have been lifted in the Clear Creek fire and residents can now go back to their homes, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center website. All roads are open, and Sierra Front is encouraging residents to be alert and aware of the fire and weather patterns in the area.

The evacuation center at the Carson City Community Center is closed, but animals can still be taken to Fuji Park; residents can ask for Cindy Hannah. Currently, the park has about 34 evacuated horses.

Forward progression on the fire has been stopped, although it is still 25% contained. Officials expect the containment percentage to be much higher by 2 p.m.

UPDATE: 7/17/14, 8:17 a.m.

MINDEN. Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The East Fork Fire and Paramedic District are currently in a unified command with Carson Fire and USFS working to put out the Clear Creek Fire.

Hand crews made significant work through the night while the winds were light and humidity was higher, according to a recent press release sent by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the press release, Thursday morning's plan will utilize aircraft around 8:00 a.m. along with fresh hand crews to focus on the Northwest flank of the fire, which is just south of Hwy 50. Approximately 40 residences within the Clear Creek Subdivision were notified of the potential need for an evacuation. Clear Creek Road is closed, with the exception of homeowners from Lower clear Creek to Clubhouse Road.

Concerns at this time are for potential additional fire starts in the surrounding area from lighting strikes that have not been identified at this time. Should anyone see a fire, they are being asked to call 911 with accurate information.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to refrain from being in the area to allow fire crews uninhibited access to the fire.

UPDATE: 7/17/14, 6:59 a.m.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Voluntary evacuations are being asked for as the Cold Creek Fire burns 300 acres just west of Carson City. Residents can take their animals to Fuji park and evacuees can go to the Community Center on Williams and wait for further instructions.

Evacuations still in place for the Clear Creek area only -- it has been lifted in the Jacks Valley Road area, according to PIO for Sierra Front Mark Struble.

"To all the residents up in Clear Creek -- and there's probably about 40 homes up in there, approximately, I don't have a real good number for you -- they were told 'Okay, this is a voluntary evacuation. The fire is backing down toward your homes we suggest that you get out of there,'" Struble said.

Fire officials say the blaze that has now consumed 300 acres broke out around 7 p.m. Wednesday night is 25 percent contained and was caused by lightning. 

"I actually saw the lightning hit," Struble said, "It was almost instantaneous."

As a precaution, structure engines are staging in the Jacks Valley and Clear Creek subdivisions, according to the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center website. The eastern flank of the fire is slowing down, but the western flank is still active.

Numerous resources are being utilized for this fire, including three helicopters, and two to three single-engine air tankers. Aircraft is actively making retardant drops and aircraft from Stead, along with Helitack from Markleeville are being utilized, according to the Sierra Front Interagency website.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) – The Carson City Fire Department is asking for voluntary evacuations in Jack's Valley, as a wildfire burns 250-300 acres just west of Carson City.

According to Public Information Officer Mark Struble, the eastern flank of the fire is slowing down. However, the western flank is still active. They will be able to get more accurate readings in the morning.

The fire is burning along Highway 50, and it started with a lighting strike. There is an immediate threat to residential structures the area of the Clear Creek subdivision, north of Jacks Valley Road from Highway 395's Alpine View Subdivision to Genoa Lake #2.

The fire is burning on both private and Forest Service land.

The Carson City and East Fork Fire Departments, and U.S. Forest Service are on the scene fighting the blaze. The BLM assisted with tankers and helicopters until nightfall.
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sierra11 - 7/18/2014 9:58 PM
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Dog's and horses got burned up in the waterfall fire.

sierra11 - 7/17/2014 6:55 PM
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July 14th 2004 5:32 am. First calls and response to waterfall fire. Just a small plume of smoke. 11:34 am crews sit at the top of kings canyon arguing whether it is Carson City or Forestry jurisdiction. 11:50 am fire is the size of small back yard but still no crews at seen due to jurisdiction. 2:05 pm 94 degrees ambient, thermal's start to develop, winds in the Sierra's plus atmospheric conditions create 40 mph winds. 2:15 pm Fire blows up, FD looses two trucks jammed into dead end road due to flames. Numerous men escape with their lives. 2:31 pm homes are lost one after another. No Air Support was called in via preparation. 3:50 pm fire shifts south, business and house lost. July 15th fire shifts north and burns back across itself across Sierra's. 5:00 pm west side of Carson evacuated, fire threatens subdivisions that have been there 40 years. 8:35 pm to July 16th, fire now rages to Community College and into timber ridge housing development, burns down numerous houses. July 17th 2004, fire burns to deadhead in lake view estates. Someone tell me how the hell were the firefighters the hero's in this scenario?

sierra11 - 7/17/2014 9:21 AM
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Burn baby burn..........there's good money in them there fires now! "Justification for Occupation".

sierra11 - 7/17/2014 4:26 AM
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If this gets handled like the Waterfall fire, homes will burn down and FD can come in and claim hero.

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