Wildfire Poses Potential Threat to Homes Along Eastern Sierra

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A 150-acre wildfire burning along the eastern Sierra about 70 miles south of Reno posed a potential threat to a dozen homes, officials said Saturday.

The fire just south of Coleville near the Nevada line also threatened one commercial building and 12 outbuildings, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Marnie Bonesteel.

No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

The blaze was 10 percent contained Saturday afternoon and is expected to be fully surrounded by Monday, Bonesteel added.

"You never know what will happen with the wind," Bonesteel says. “But right now they feel they're getting their arms around it ...there's no immediate threat (to any structure)."

Officials were unsure how close the fire had burned to the homes.

The blaze was burning brush and pinion-pine forest on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

It was among about 15 wildfires touched off by lightning Friday along the eastern Sierra in the Reno-Tahoe area, said fire spokeswoman Helen Frazier.

"All the others were very small and pose no problems at this time," Frazier says.

One of the blazes sent up a big smoke plume and temporarily shut down a section of busy Vista Boulevard in Sparks, Nev. There was no damage to any structures.

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