Carson City Firefighters, with the help of firefighting personnel from surrounding counties, managed to knock down a very vigorous Prison Hill Fire this week. In the end, all fire crews flipped a big fire into a blackened but peaceful scene at the north end of the hill.
Fire officials say a small number of fire-watch personnel will remain on scene to ensure that the fire is dead out. There are little whiffs of white smoke coming out of the burned-over ground that is common for wildland fires. They’re generally not a threat, according to wildland fire experts. Firefighters have thousands of feet of fire hose running up and across the burned over area should the fire re-erupt in any form. Personnel will be watching very closely throughout the night – then another shift of firefighters will stand watch for another day of close monitoring. More if necessary.
Officials say the next step in rehabilitating the north end of Prison Hill will be to re-seed the area – all 171 acres of it. There will be a comprehensive evaluation of variety of seeds that should be planted for proper native plants and rate of growth. Attention will also be focused on preventing soil erosion in the upper reaches of the hills so native vegetation can be strategically grown properly, and as fast as possible, to make their contribution to the area’s vegetative recovery.
Fire officials say it will likely require the better part of a year to see progress at restoring those 171 acres that were blackened by the fire which, by the way, was caused by fast moving storm clouds from the west that shot lightning bolts down to Mother Earth…in this case…in Carson City and Lyon County too, as Lyon County fought their own lightning-caused blazes.
Fire officials report there will soon be town-hall type meetings with local residents living just downhill and east of Carson River Road. Fire officials want to make sure citizens are kept up-to-date on tactics that the Carson City Fire Department will put into action over the next couple of years. The city will be helping to coordinate experts to accelerate the rehabilitation of land damaged by wildland fires, especially those near urban neighborhoods.