Minnehaha Canyon Fire 80% contained, crews hope to extinguish blaze by evening

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Updated: 7/07 6:56 pm
UPDATE: 3:50 p.m.
WELLINGTON, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- According the the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center website, the Minnehaha Canyon Fire is now 80 percent contained and fire fighters hope to extinguish the blaze entirely by this evening.

It burned 251 acres in the hills five miles north of Topaz Ranch Estates in south Douglas County.

Investigators determined it was caused by illegal fireworks on Independence Day.




WELLINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Investigators have determined the Minnehaha Canyon Fire was caused by humans by the use of fireworks. The fire was first reported Saturday at 6 a.m. and is 65% contained as of Sunday 3:15pm.

The wildfire burned 210 acres on private property and BLM land about five miles north of the Holbrook Junction and the Topaz Ranch Estates.

Multiple agencies worked the fire, led by the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District and the Bureau of Land Management. Up to 150 personnel battled the blaze on the ground and in the air. At the peak of the firefighting efforts, two air tankers, two helicopters, four water tenders, 4 hand crews, and 12 engines were used to fight the fire. Though light winds prevented the fire from moving quickly, crews were concerned about high temperatures and erratic winds in the canyon.

Two firefighters sustained heat related injuries on Saturday, and two firefighters have been released from the fire for minor knee injuries Sunday.


WELLINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- As of 10:40am, the Minnehaha fire is about 210 acres in size and currently 30 percent contained.



WELLINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Fire crews are battling a wildfire in South Douglas County. About 120 acres of the Minnehaha Canyon are burning five miles north of the Holbrook Junction and the Topaz Ranch Estates.

As of 7:30 p.m., the Sierra Front Dispatch reports the blaze is 30% contained.

Multiple agencies are working the fire, led by the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District and the Bureau of Land Management. 150 personnel are battling the blaze on the ground and in the air. Two air tankers, two helicopters, four water tenders, 4 hand crews, and 12 engines are actively fighting the fire. The fire is primarily on private property, and public land managed by the BLM.

"The fire is not growing extremely fast. It's burning in an old burn scar from 1994, the Holbrook fire.” Says East Fork Fire Deputy Chief, Steve Eisele. “It’s burning very light fuels"

Thanks to relatively light winds at 10-15 miles per hour, Eisele says there is no immediate cause for concern.

"The fire is actually burning in a north direction, away from the residents of the Topaz Ranch Estates, " says Eisele.

The predominant weather factor for today is extremely hot temperatures in the fire area (90s pushing 100 degrees, low relative humidities in the single digits, even at the higher elevations, and extremely dry fuels. Winds are predicted to be light today about 15 mph. However the fire area itself is capable of generating gusty and erratic winds of speeds greater than the predicted winds.

“It's very inaccessible terrain. It's a very narrow, dirt, rocky road to get resources up there, and then it gets very steep where the fire is burning,” says Eisele. “So it's a slow progress. So that's where air resources are going to be invaluable and stopping the progress spread of the fire”

Two firefighters had to be evacuated from the fire because of heat related illnesses. There has been no update on their condition.

Additional fire suppression resources have been ordered for this fire.

WELLINGTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Fire crews are battling a wildfire in Southern Douglas County that sparked sometime before 6:11 a.m.. According to a Sierra Front Dispatch Supervisor, the fire is burning 25 acres in Minni Haha Canyon, east of Topaz Rancho Estate.

The Sierra Front has dispatched three engines, and air attack, two crews, two seats, a helicopter, and various overhead to fight the fire.

No homes are threatened at this point and there is no known cause at this time.

Updates will be published as it becomes available.



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Kramer - 7/6/2014 3:29 PM
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was 'caused by humans using fireworks'. they call it syntax, try some & a hyphen

Kramer - 7/6/2014 3:28 PM
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Speed - 7/6/2014 3:43 AM
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Kramer - 7/5/2014 1:54 PM
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