UPDATE: The Topaz Ranch Estates fire has burned about 7,500 acres with an estimated containment of 100 percent.
Fire crews say cooler weather and precipitation has helped crews reach full containment of the fire. Firefighters have focused on 400 feet of interior mop up on the fire. The fire will be handed off to the local Carson City BLM District Sunday morning at 6 a.m.
A small crew will remain at the fire to rehabilitate the dozer line and re-establish the natural resources.
No injuries have been reported. The cost for fighting the fire to date is estimated to be $3.4 million.
UPDATE: 6:00 p.m. - The total cost of the TRE Fire is now at $2.5 million.
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. The TRE Fire is 85 percent contained with full containment expected by Sunday the 27th, according to North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Public Information Officer Mark Regan.
UPDATE: 7:00 P.M. The Topaz Ranch Estates Fire has burned 7,500 acres and is now 35 percent contained, according to North Lake Tahoe Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan.
Ground crews are holding the line in all divisions. The ground crews were supported by air in their efforts until approximately 2:30 pm, when prevailing winds became too strong for continued helicopter operations.
595 firefighters and personnel from various federal, state and local agencies have responded and are involved in this operation. No personnel injuries have been reported. The cost for fighting the fire to date is estimated to be $2,300,000.
UPDATE Noon -
The Topaz Ranch Estates Fire has burned 7,500 acres and remains at 15 percent containment.
According to North Lake Tahoe Assistant Fire Marshal, Mark Regan, the fire is burning west of Rickey Canyon, in the Pinenut Mountain Range, in Wellington, Nevada.
Air and ground fighting operations continuing. Both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters utilized. Ground fire crews, supplemented by bulldozers, continuing to expand and improve ground fire breaks. Structure protection crews continuing extinguishment of remaining small fires and smoldering areas in previously effected residential properties.
From 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the area in and around the fire is under a red flag warning due to high winds and relatively low humidity.
An updated fire brief is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 24th, 2012. The location will be the Incident Command Post at Douglas County Fairgrounds; 920 Dump Rd, Gardnerville NV. All interested media representatives and elected or public officials are invited to attend.
UPDATE 5:30 a.m. - According to North Lake Tahoe Assistant Fire Marshal, Mark Regan, the TRE Fire is now estimated at 7,500 acres burned and remains at approximately 15 percent containment. Fire crews worked through the night to expand and improve fire lines.
Western Great Basin National Type-II Incident Management Team 7 (IC Sommer) has arrived and will take command of the incident beginning at 6:00 a.m., Thursday, May 24.
Regan says the cost of fighting the fire so far is estimated at roughly 690,000. A FEMA grant has been approved to help with 75 percent of the costs.
Today, major concern for fire crews is the wind. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning Thursday, May 24 from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. for eastern Alpine, Mineral, Mono and southern Lyon Counties. Winds speeds are expected reach to 20-30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH.
UPDATE 9:30 p.m. - The fire is still estimated at 7,000 acres burned, and is approximately 15 percent contained at this time, according to Douglas County officials.
The fire continues to burn in the hills to the north and east of the Topaz Ranch Estates residential area.
No additional homes or structures have burned or are in immediate threat.
Fire crews are continuing their efforts to extinguish remaining small fires and smoldering areas in and around the previously effected residential structures.
Air operations are suspended for the night, however ground crews will continue to work.
The number of responding fire personnel has increased to approximately 575 persons.
Western Great Basin National Type-II Incident Management Team 7 (IC Sommer) has arrived and will take command beginning at 6:00am tomorrow.
UPDATE 6:00 p.m. - The fire has now burned about 7,000 acres.
Containment is estimated to be at 15%.
Seventeen structures have been lost, two of which were homes. The other 15 were primarily outbuildings. Several vehicles have also been lost.
560 personnel are working on the fire. There are six helicopters and eight aircraft, in addition to 17 hand crews and four dozers.
There have been no injuries reported.
UPDATE 10:55am - Douglas County Sheriff Jim Halsey says the fire is now estimated to have burned 6,600 acres.
Containment is still estimated to be at 10%
According to Sierra Front, full containment isn't expected until Saturday, May 26th.
UPDATE: As of 6:00 a.m. this morning the fire has burned 4,500 acres with 10 percent containment, according to Steve Eisele, Deputy Chief of East Fork Fire Dispatch.
Original reports said 5,000 acres had burned, but the latest estimate comes in at 4,500.
Firefighters say air attacks are expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. this morning.
The fire is currently headed towards the Smith Valley area, according to Eisele. No injuries have been reported.
It was originally believed 7 homes had been burned, however re-assessment reveals 2 homes and 17 outbuildings were burned.
UPDATE: Sierra Front now estimates the fire near Topaz Ranch Estates has burned about 3,500 acres.
Anyone who evacuates the area can stay for free at Topaz Lodge, 1979 Hwy 395 in Gardnerville, according to General Manager Rick Ross.
In a press conference tonight, officials said air drops will end at nightfall, but hand crews will increase from six to 13. Each crew has 25 members.
There is no word yet on containment.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue Members are available to assist with resident evacuations if needed. If you need assistance call Douglas County Emergency Operations Center at 775-782-5126.
Douglas County officials say about 450 firefighters have responded from East Fire and Paramedic Districts, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Carson City, Lyon County, Mono County, Alpine County, and Reno-Truckee Fire.
UPDATE: Fire officials say 1,800 acres have been burned so far with 0% containment. According to Sgt. Jim Halsey seven homes have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
Right now, about 250 firefighting crews are on scene battling this fire in Topaz Ranch Estates. Several different agencies in surrounding counties are also assisting, along with two helicopter crews.
Halsey says, it's believed that a control burned from the past couple of days could be a factor in this fire. The exact cause is still under investigation.
News 4 is told Highway 208 between Holbrook Junction and Wellington is re-opened to everyone.
Residents are being evacuated to TRE Community Center.
UPDATE: Douglas County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency for the Topaz Ranch Estate Fire. Voluntary evacuations have been issued not mandatory evacuations, according to Douglas County Manager Steve Mokrohisky.
Mokrohisky says 4-5 structures have been destroyed and about 150-200 homes are exposed in the path of the fire.
UPDATE: Students who live in the affected area are being bussed to the TRE Community Center for parent pick-up, according to Carolyn Moore, secretary to the superintendent of Douglas County School District.
Two homes have been destroyed by this fire, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE: According to Sierra Front's website about 500 acres have been burned so far. NV Energy tells News 4 they are sending crews on the way to assist.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - There is a large brush burning near Topaz Ranch Estates.
News 4 is hearing that "massive evacuations" may be needed, but Sheriff's Office crews are not commenting to News 4 at this time.
A dispatcher with the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators says homes are threatened, and Douglas County has requested air tankers and assistance from other agencies, according to the Associated Press.
Winds have been steady and gusting throughout the day across the region that has seen very little moisture all winter, leaving vegetation dry and extremely flammable.
Topaz Ranch Estates is about 20 miles south of Gardnerville near the Nevada-California line.