Fires break out in Douglas County

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Updated: 6/01/2012 7:06 pm
7:00pm At this time most resources are being concentrated on the Preacher Fire which is now at 300 acres and threatening nearby structures. The fire is on entirely BLM land. 

The evacuation center is Carson Valley Middle School. People with livestock should call 785.2126 per Jim Halsey. 

There will be another press conference at 9. 

The Preacher fire is 0% contained, according to Sierra Front.

6:45pm The structures threatened are in the Fish Springs area. There are voluntary evacuations happening there.

6:37pm Thirty to forty structures are not in immediate danger, but said to be threatened, according to Terry Taylor, Fire Captain of East Fork Fire Department.
6:24pm Units have responded to a brush fire near Pyramid Lake towards Marble Bluff Mountain. This is being called the River Bend Fire, and it has burned 20 acres. This is according to Sierra Front.

6:18pm: At 6:30 pm, there will be an in-person press brief for the second fire currently burning in Douglas County. This second fire is also burning in the Pinenut Mountains, although it is burning near Pinenut Road, located north of the area of the Ray May 2 Fire. This second fire is called the Preacher Mine Fire due to its proximity to that mine claim area. The fire has burned approximately 1,000 acres thus far. There are several homes in this remote rural area, however no structures have burned. This is according to Sgt. Jim Halsey.

6:07pm: Units have responded to the Ranch Fire (1/4 acre) in the Rosachi Ranch area in the Sweetwater Range north of Bridgeport, Calif., and to the Bald Fire (3 acres) northeast of Holbrook Junction, according to Sierra Front.

In addition, there are three other fires confirmed, including the Ray May 2 fire, Buffalo fire and Preacher fire in the area of Highway 395 and Ray May Way and Preacher Mine.

5:29pm: A lightning fire has been reported north of Nixon. 

5:15pm -- There is at least 100 acres burning total, according to Terry Taylor, East Fork Fire Department.

No homes are immediately threatened because winds have pushed the fire to the east.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Pineview Estates Fire has grown to approximately 50 acres, and is burning in a southerly direction. The fire is being fought from the air by one fixed wing aircraft dropping retardant and two helicopters dropping water. No structures are currently threatened; however resident notifications continue, according to Sgt. Jim Halsey.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & -- There is a wildland fire burning in the Pinenut Mountains in south Gardnerville, according to Sgt. Jim Halsey. So far, 40 acres have been burned.

The fire is burning approximately 200 yards east of Conner Way in the Pineview Estates residential area (the same general area of the Ray May Fire from August).

The fire is moving to the southeast. No homes are currently threatened, and no evacuations are mandated, however residents are being notified of the fire by deputies of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.  Some structures are threatened in the vicinity of Ray May Drive, and fire crews are providing structure protection.  Firefighters from East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts are on scene to fight the fire.

There are also four fires burning near Buffalo Canyon/Preacher Mine/ Mt. Seigal, according to Sierra Front. They have burned 15-20 acres total. 

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ConnieSue - 6/1/2012 4:54 PM
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At approximately 1415 today as we were leaving Gardnerville on 395 South we witnessed two lightning strikes east of 395 by the Old Ray May Fire. The scanner for Douglas CO Fire said another fire at(TRE)Topaz Lake Estates had erupted and it involved a structure.

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