Douglas County Fire Believed to be Human-Caused

By: Joe Harrington, KOLO Email
By: Joe Harrington, KOLO Email

Incident Commander Steve Eisele says the fire that burned South of Gardnerville is believed to be human-caused. Eisele went on to say juveniles are suspected to have had a role in setting the blaze.

The fire broke out around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, but was in the mop-up stage by the evening.

The fire is reported to have threatened homes and prompted voluntary evacuations. However, no homes were destroyed, and an official says no one was injured.

Eisele says firefighters were able to keep the fire West of US 395, with the exception of a spot fire that occured East of the road. Home video of the fire showed orange flames at the edge of 395 and water and retardant being dropped from air units. A stretch of the highway was closed, creating a traffic backup. However, the highway has now been re-opened.

It's not known if the fire was intentionally set. However, Eisele says if it's determined the fire was purposely started, charges related to arson are possible. He also says anyone found responsible may have to pay for the firefighting effort. According to Eisele, the fire is believed to have started near the Power Dam, an area where people often recreate.

Ultimately, the fire is estimated to have burned 70 to 80 acres.


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