A fast wind-blown brush fire roared over the hilltop separating the Native American Indian Reservation from Douglas County this afternoon. An air flotilla of twin and single engine fire retardant bombers pounded the flames into submission on the north side of the hill, just shy of the cemetery. Firefighters say just prior to the fire erupting there were lightning strikes just to the south creating a wall of flames heading north. That’s where firefighters from Douglas and Carson City muscled the fire to a stop.
The biggest factor in the fire was the 30 to 40 mph winds, blowing up from the south. They finally subsided after about an hour. Value of property lost is unknown. The burned area is largely vacant, covered with typical desert vegetation with some houses mixed in at the north end. It appeared that at least one major building was destroyed later described as an “out building.” No inhabited homes were lost, according to East Fork Fire officials, although one home suffered minor damage.