Highway 50 Fire Calming Down

Wildfire the 2003 Season
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The biggest wildfire of the season is calming down Wednesday morning.

The blaze started around 2:30 yesterday afternoon about three miles up Highway 50, from the intersection with Highway 395 on the south end of Carson City.

The fire has burned about 1,180 acres so far and was declared contained at 6 a.m. today.

That's alll due to the efforts of the 279 crew members who are fighting this fire. Crews attacked the fire aggressively and used air tankers and helicopter drops to douse the flames.

Currently there are 60 firefighters on the line working on hot spots near the perimeter of the blaze. Other fire personnel will be working later today on "burn area rehabilitation" in order to help control erosion problems.

Highway 50 was closed for most of the night, but it's back open this morning. Motorists are urged to watch out for emergency vehicles moving through the area.

Seventy homes and 35 businesses were threatened during the hieght of the fire. Approximately 150 girls and youth camp personnel were evacuated from Clear Creek Youth Camp. Voluntary evacuations occurred in Voltaire Canyon and Clear Creek.

A few residents were asked to leave their homes while fire engines stood watch on the property but no structures burned.

Crews hope to have the fire completely contained sometime this morning.

FEMA has granted the state's request to help pay for the blaze. The fire has cost an estimated $60,000 to fight so far.