Improved weather and a lot of resources were helping fire crews tame a 2,063-acre wildfire that once threatened a residential area east of Carson City and the historic mining town of Virginia City.
More than 500 firefighters have dug fire lines around 60 percent
of the Six Mile 2 Fire with full containment expected by 6 p.m.
Monday, according to fire information officer Dave Olson.
He credited calmer winds and higher humidity on Sunday plus
aggressive firefighting for helping knock down the flames.
With the Jackass Flat fire south of Wellington in mopup, crews
including one of the top fire management teams in the country to
hold the Six Mile 2 blaze to about 5.75 square miles.
Fourteen helicopters, five engines and 12 water tenders were
assisting the hand crews in an area that is all be inaccessible to
It's believed the fire was started by a powerful lightning storm
that hammered the region Friday night. It apparently smoldered
until winds whipped it into a dangerous and fast-moving blaze late
No structures were threatened on Monday but up to 200 homes and
50 sheds and other outbuildings in Mark Twain and the Virginia
Highlands were potentially in danger over the weekend, Olson said.
The fire burned to within 2 miles of historic Virginia City and
about the same distance from Mark Twain.
Virginia City, now a major tourist attraction, was the scene of
one of the world's greatest silver rushes ever.
Its Comstock Lode, a massive, underground pocket of gold and
silver discovered in 1859, has yielded 8 million ounces of gold and
200 million ounces of silver, worth more than $8 billion in today's
The wealth it generated went to help finance the Union cause
during the Civil War and to build San Francisco.
Along with the fire near Virginia City and the 9-square-mile
Jackass Flat fire, crews were battling the 2,860-acre Trident fire
nine miles southeast of Denio. It was 5 percent contained.
The 400-acre 9 Mile fire 36 miles southwest of Montello reported
no containment, the Springer fire 25 miles southeast of Battle
Mountain was 5 percent contained at 3,000 acres, the Donkey fire
three miles southwest of Carlin was 90 percent contained at 300
acres, the North Blue Mountain fire 26 miles northwest of
Winnemucca also was 90 percent contained at 300 acres.
The Hall fire 25 miles southwest of Battle Mountain was 20
percent contained at 4,000 acres, the Smelser Pass fire 15 miles
southeast of Golconda was 10 percent contained at 800 acres and the
Troy Peak fire 8 miles north of Adaven had reached 1,183 acres on
Monday with no containment.