Cooler temperatures and calmer winds
overnight helped firefighters make progress on a wild fire that has
burned 750 acres of brush, grass, pinion and juniper southeast of
The Badger fire in Brunswick Canyon was 50 percent contained
early Wednesday, fire information officer Kirk Frosdick said.
About 200 firefighters were working the blaze burning in steep
No homes were threatened and no injuries have been reported, but
firefighters were having to contend with open mine shafts and lots
of rattlesnakes, Frosdick said.
The exact cause of the fire was under investigation, but
officials said it was human caused.
The fire broke out about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Whipped by winds
gusting to 40 mph and fueled by dry cheat grass, the flames spread
quickly and sent up a plume of swirling smoke visible from Reno
about 30 miles to the north.
"There's no likely threat to structures foreseen," said
Franklin Pemberton, a spokesman for the Sierra Front Interagency
Dispatch Center in Minden. "The biggest resources threatened right
now are sage grouse habitat."
Frosdick said one large air tanker, two single-engine planes and
a helicopter would be working the fire from the air on Wednesday.
Additional helicopters also have been ordered, he said.
There was no estimated time for containment.
Earlier Tuesday, fire crews snuffed out a potentially dangerous
fire near Spooner Summit just off U.S. Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe.
The fire reported at about 11:30 a.m. started about 100 yards
south of Highway 50 West near a youth camp at Clear Creek. It
burned only about 2 acres before an estimated 50 firefighters put
"It had serious potential. They really did an outstanding job
putting that out," Pemberton said.