Carter Springs Fire Grows to 3,000 Acres; US 395 Reopened With Controls

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GARDNERVILLE, NV - A wildfire burning in northern Nevada's Pine Nut Mountains has grown in size to 3 square miles but officials say the threat to about 30 homes has eased as winds pushed the fire toward the east and away from residences.

Officials say as of early Saturday the fire had burned more than 3,000 acres of sagebrush and pinion-juniper. The Carter Springs fire broke out just after noon Friday south of Gardnerville, closing U.S. 395 for several hours. It is still burning mostly upslope into the hills east of US Hwy 395, in BLM land. It is still estimated at 5 to 10 percent contained.

Due to the direction the fire is moving, there is a decreased threat to the homes located on the west side of US Hwy 395, in the Spring Valley area near Leviathan Mine Rd.

The highway reopened Saturday morning but traffic was being escorted through the burn area. Expect delays and take an alternate route if possible.

No structures have been lost, some locals have lost power and 250 firefighters are being assisted by nine air tankers, five helicopters and 20 engines.

Officials hope to have the fire contained by Monday.

One firefighter is injured, but it is being called a 'non-burn injury.'

Carter Springs Fire Courtesy of Jason and Suzanna Jones
Courtesy of Debbie Strickland