Carson River water dropped on the Prison Hill lightning-caused fire.
4:35pm Lightning strike atop prison hill has caused a sizeable wildland fire. Watchout for firefighters.
The variable winds blew the fire in several directions.
5:19pm The fire is burning at the north end of Prison Hill. Flames roared eastward toward a residential neighborhood south of the roundabout. Firefighters stood by with fire apparatus. Then the easterly winds turned westerly and the fire top the mountain again and proceeded to head downhill toward homes off of Fairview and Edmonds.
Soon winds died down, slowing down the wild fire’s forward motion.
6:00pm The fire started moving west again and crested the hill. A helicopter dipped it’s pump hose in the Carson River and quickly sprayed the blaze.
A dense cluster of desert vegetation went up fast and hot. Residents down below anxiously looked at the wall of flame making its way down the east side of Prison Hill. Evacuation personnel are standing by to evacuate the homes near Eagle Valley Middle School if necessary.
Bucket Choppers at the top of the hill stopping the fire’s westward movement.
Fire slowly moves east toward homes but firefighters are on top of it..
Small groves of trees explode in the dry environment…
Relentless working hand crews will likely work through the night to prevent flare-ups. Residents east of the blaze should be able to get a good night’s sleep.