A one acre brush fire broke out at the top of a hill – part of the Moffat Open Space area – that has some benches and places to BBQ.
Somebody either barbecuing or just taking a break atop the hill probably threw down a lit cigarette then left. The starting point of the fire was right up against the paved path that goes to the top of the rise just to the east of the picnic area.
Carson City Firefighters rushed to the scene and discovered the fire, blown by a strong westerly wind, had torched the hill from the picnic spot, down slop and was hemmed in a bit by the bike path that goes south from Lepire. Firefighters quickly got ahead of the fire and stopped it before it jumped the hiking and biking path.
Within an hour firefighters had the blaze knocked down and were switching to soaking the ground to help ensure nothing burning at ground level, or just below, could re-ignite.
Firefighters say they can’t tell what exactly started the fire other than something with a flame got too close to something dried out and the fire took off from there.
Of course, if anyone knows who or what ACTUALLY started the fire, please call the Carson City Fire Department.