UPDATE: Full Containment on Ray May Fire Expected By 8pm

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email
The Ray May fire burning since Tuesday is now 70 percent contained, with full containment now expected for 8pm Friday.

Courtesy Ryan Schwalb

GARDNERVILLE, NV - The Ray May fire burning since Tuesday is now 70-percent contained, and 7 structures have been scorched.

There were no major flareups Thursday night, according to firefighters.

According to Douglas County, six of those structures burned Wednesday night, one of them an abandoned guest house, and the rest outbuildings in the Ruby Hill area.

There are more than 450 firefighters battling this fire, now burning more than 3,600 acres with full containment now estimated for 8 p.m. Friday.

Wednesday, two 15-year-old boys were arrested in connection with starting the fire, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. One is a Pine View Estates resident near where the fire is located.

Investigators determined the teens had built a fort in the area of Ray May Way and had started a campfire at the fort. They apparently failed to extinguish the fire and Tuesday afternoon, wind caused the fire to spread.

The juveniles are in custody and have been charged with 3rd degree arson.

The investigation is ongoing.

There were two non-life-threatening injuries reported Wednesday morning on the fire line. According to Douglas County, they are firefighters, receiving treatment for their injuries.

There are still voluntary evacuations in the Pine View subdivision.

Highway 395 in the area is open with no controls, but fire emergency personnel are encouraging local visitors to stay out of the fire area, specifically the Preachers Mine road area due to emergency operations and public safety.

Owners of the Stor-All in Gardnerville, one in the Ranchos and one on Industrial Way, are offering free storage for those evacuating from the Ray May fire during the time of the evacuations. The office phone number is (775) 782-3533. Speak with Cricket. Office hours 9a-6p.

Topaz Lodge is back open after being closed Tuesday night because crews were using Topaz Lake for water drops.


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