Wildland Fires Controlled Near Doyle

Wildfire the 2003 Season
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Crews are busy tonight mopping up lightning fires throughout the Sierra.

KOLO News Channel 8' s was first on scene to tell you about the two fires north of Reno and tonight we have full coverage.

The 100-acre Turtle fire is northeast of Doyle, Ca. on the Fort Sage mountain. Tonight that blaze is completely contained.

Crews are still mopping up the Rolland blaze which sparked around five o'clock last night in the Northern Sierra Nevada.

So far were told about 75-100 acres have burned - but firefighters say this fire was a little more tricky because of the timber and brush that burned.

After a morning briefing, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) crews were ready to fight the fire for day two.

"It burned real hot last night but cooled down good for us," says BLM Operations Chief Dennis Terry.

As four separate crews mopped up around fire lines, one big problem was terrain.

"It's real steep, inexcessible dead trees and snags coming down," says one wildland firefighter.

At the bottom of the mountainside Steve Gertsch's home. "The fire you can see got close to right there," indicating how close the fire came to his home.

But that's as close as it got. Gertsch says firefighters were on the scene in less than five minutes after he noticed smoke. "I didn't feel that threatened. A fire truck was right here and a dozer was cutting a line off the side of the road," he said.

Gertsch's family wasn't evacuated, but he did move his horses safely across the street.

Firefighters thanked him for not only taking care of his animals but also his home. More than 100 feet of defensible space was cleared making everyone's job easier - on the ground and in the air.

Homeowners are thankful for the help but say when you live in this area lightning and fire come with the territory.

"It's an act of nature and she has he own rules and if you live out here you learn to live with it," Gertsch says.

Some firefighters told us they are planning on camping out a few more days - just to make sure that nothing flares up.