Hunter Falls Fire Fully Contained

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RENO, NV - Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch reports the Hunter Falls Fire is fully contained after burning 760 acres as of Thursday afternoon.

Sierra Front says the fire is human-caused; however, the investigation continues regarding the origin of the fire.

Structures were not threatened.

195 personnel are assigned to the fire, down from earlier in the week, with helicopters, hand crews and engines.

The fire started late Saturday in the Hunter Creek drainage on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

According to a news release from the City of Reno, many have asked about why aircraft and firefighters weren't on the fire sooner. "One of the challenges was that the fire wasn't located until after dark on Saturday," says Bill Dunkelberger, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor. "The Forest Service began placing orders for aircraft and firefighters as soon as it was located on the forest later Saturday evening." However, some of the resources, including the aircraft, weren't available until later Sunday morning.

The Forest closure order for the area around the fire and Hunter Lake Road, including its tributaries, and Hunter Creek Trail is still in place, as is the closure of Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

The cost to date of fighting the fire is $710,000.

Hunter Falls Fire