Dry Lightning Storm Sparks Several Wildfires Across Nevada

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A fast-moving lightning storm has sparked at least nine wildfires across Northern Nevada.

Several of these brushfires continue to burn at this hour.

Three fires along Susie Creek about five miles north of Carlin have
burned approximately 5,000 acres of sagebrush and grass. Interstate 80 is closed from Carlin to east of the Carlin Tunnels.The University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy is under structure protection . A Type II Fire Management Team has been ordered for the Susie Creek Fires and will be arriving on Monday, June 26th.

Three fires near Elburz about 10 miles northeast of Elko have burned over 3,000 acres and the community is being evacuated by the Elko County Sheriff’s Office. Interstate 80 is closed from mile post 311 to 320. Other fires in the Spring Creek area were contained quickly.

A large array of firefighting resources are currently on hand or en route to the scenes. Twenty fire engines from the Carlin Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Lee Engine Company, Ryndon VFD, Deeth VFD, Wells VFD, Spring Creek VFD, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and Nevada Division of Forestry crews from Wells and Carlin, are fighting the fires now. Smoke jumpers have been deployed on the Susie Creek and Elburz fires.

Single engine air tankers are being used on the Susie Creek and Elburz Fires. Bull Bulldozers, water tenders, and other heavy equipment are being used as well.

In addition to the fires burning near Elko, there are at least four more wildfires blazing close to Reno.

The Balls Canyon Fire is burning northeast of Bordertown in Cold Springs and has destroyed 150 acres. This fire is very active at this time because of poor nighttime humidity and warm temperatures. These conditions are expected to hamper firefighting efforts overnight. Although the Balls Canyon Fire can be viewed from the surrounding area, no structures are threatened at this time.

The Empire Fire, formally known as the Powerline Fire, is burning near Empire and has destroyed 1,000 acres. A power substation in the area is threatened, and units have secured the fire from the power plant.

The Faye-Luther Fire is slowly burning below Jobs Peak in Faye-Luther Canyon, and has burned at least 30 acres. The fire was 80 percent contained by 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Full control of the fire is expected by 6 p.m. Monday evening.

The Olinghouse Fire is moderately burning 20 miles east of near Reno and 10 miles north of Virginia City and has charred almost 7,000 acres. This fire is 80 percent contained and estimated containment and control is expected by 6 p.m. Monday evening.

No injuries have been reported during any of these fires.

Stay with News Channel 8 for continuing coverage on the wildfires burning in Northern Nevada.

Photos of the Cold Springs Fire courtesy of Jodie Rubin.