Brush fire just west of Jacks Valley School. Fire Departments from all around are fighting it.
422pm – Firefighters have responded to a significant grass fire in the vicinity of 3450 Jack Valley Road. Likely to be a crowded Jacks Valley and Bavarian Drive area so caution in the area.
5Pm The fire explodes and starts scorching the countryside along Jacks Valley Road. The winds are blowing very strong…likely around 50 to 70mph. The fire is hopscotching its way toward the east and a lot of homes. The fire has reached Jacks Valley School. It’s partially surrounded by flames to the south.
Law enforcement and other agencies are recommending local residents grab their papers and other valuables and get out of the area. Hopefully when the sun goes down the winds will die down.
More to come.
Flames are horrendous being blown by over 60 mph winds. Air tankers are bombing the flames along with helicopter dumps.
6:10pm Evacuations have been issued for the areas of Arcadia, Pawnee, Cherokee and Green Acres south of Jacks Valley Road.
The Douglas County Community and Senior Center is available as an evacuation site.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) says Jacks Valley Road near US-395 is closed in both directions. US-395 is still open but very crowded.
The fire is estimated to be 30 acres large now and 0% contained.
Structure protection is in place but with 60 to 70 mile an hour winds no telling where the fire may spread to.
Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue is on scene, along with crews from East Fork Fire Protection District.
6:46pm Emergency evacuations have been ordered toresidents in the area west of Highway 395. The evacuation center is the Douglas County Community Center.
As the sun began dipping behind the Sierra, the fire hit over-drive west of Jacks Valley School and turned southeast from the school. It came up against the backside of Indian Hills…but firefighters managed to hold the line along a firebreak installed for these specific kinds of circumstances. They stopped the fire cold in several spots. But again, the fire was still raging elsewhere. Firefighters in the air and on the ground finally stopped the blaze west of Vista Grande and Micah Drive at the top of a hill where the water tank is located. Many neighbors breathed a deep sigh of relief when the fire came right up against the water tank and a helicopter dumped a lot of water on the fire, stopping it.
Firefighters are expected to mop up the remainder of the fire and monitor the area to ensure that another piece of the blaze doesn’t re-kindle. They’ll also be investigating what or who started the fire in the first place.