Silver City Fire 100% Contained; Roads Back Open

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Statement from Governor Sandoval: “On behalf of all Nevadans, I want to extend my deepest thanks to the fire personnel who have been working tirelessly and diligently since Sunday afternoon to contain the Pedlar Fire near Silver City.  Their jobs are never easy and as they continue to battle this fire, I want them to be assured of our continued gratification for their service.

“The Nevada Division of Forestry currently has resources committed to the Pedlar Fire, the Willow Creek Fire, outside of Eureka County and the Goat Peak Fire. The Division has also committed resources to wildfires burning in Colorado. The Division and our state’s Emergency Preparedness teams continue to monitor the weather and stand ready to move at a moment’s notice. I thank them as well for their service to our state.

“As all Nevadans are aware, with the record-breaking heat and drought-like conditions our state has been experiencing, wildfire danger is always present.  I encourage all Nevadans to be alert, be aware and educate themselves on how to prevent and prepare for a wildfire by visiting LivingWithFire.Info. Working together, I am confident we can be better prepared in the event a wildfire begins again in our state.”

UPDATE: 4:30pm Monday
The fire is fully contained. The cause still hasn't been determined.

UPDATE: 3:30pm Monday
Highway 342 is back open to normal traffic. The fire is still 75% contained.

UPDATE: 8:15AM Monday
Sierra Front reports the fire is 75% contained. Highway 342 from the "Y" through Silver City will be closed at least through Monday.

UPDATE: Midnight
A huge plume of smoke rose above Silver City Sunday afternoon as residents started to worry.

"First I was really nervous because my husband and father are up there with my dogs," said Christa Williams, a Silver City resident.

The dry and hot conditions were perfect for fire. Add high winds and the flames started to take off.

"I would say within a half an hour it was up to the ridge that you see right here," said Will Rose, a Silver City resident.

96 acres of hillside were left charred, but no structures destroyed. lucky considering the difficult firefighting conditions.

"It's very steep terrain country, they also have a lot of open mine shafts around here so it is a safety issue right here with the fire fighters," said Mark Regan with Sierra Front.

Laying hose in such rugged terrain is difficult, which is why several helicopters were called in.

"Initially, it was the choppers dropping some slurry on it and stuff that got it," said Rose.

"Our goal is to mop up as much as we can, secure as much of the perimeter as we can before tomorrows weather," said Regan.

Triple digit temperatures, high winds, and low humidity threaten Northern Nevada again Monday, so crews will race against the clock with the fire only 40% contained.

As of 11pm Sunday, a Sierra Front team took over operations on the Pedlar Fire.

The size of the Pedlar fire has been downgraded to 96 acres, based on updated GPS mapping, and it is 40% contained as of 8PM. Highway 341 from Highway 50 to the truck route "Y" is reopened, but Highway 342 from the "Y' through Silver City to Virginia City will remain closed overnight. The remainder of Highway 341 past the truck route will also be open. Evacuation requests have been rescinded and no homes are believed to be in danger.

UPDATE, 4:45pm
Lyon County Manager/Emergency Management Director Jeffery Page says a unified command has been established for the Pedlar Fire with Central Lyon Fire, the BLM, Storey County Fire, and Lyon County.

Page states to the evacuations along State Routes 341 and 342 are voluntary and that as of Sunday, June 30th at 4:45pm no structures are threatened.

In addition to the three aircraft confirmed by Elayn Briggs of Sierra Front, Page says there are three dozer crews also fighting the fire.

Lyon County Human Services and the American Red Cross are setting up a shelter at Dayton High School for those people who have evacuated.

UPDATE, 4:01pm
Elayn Briggs, Public Information Office for the Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center, says the estimated size of the Pedlar Fire is 300 acres.

She confirms State Route 342/341 is closed from highway 50 to Virginia City, although traffic is being allowed out of the area on the truck route.

There are some evacuations in place, Briggs added, specifically the closest areas of Silver City to the fire, including some camp trailers, some inhabited parts of the old mining areas, and a few houses. Briggs said she is not aware of any evacuations in Mound House.

One Single-Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) and two helicopter crews are helping fight the fire in addition to four-and-a-half ground crews. Briggs says the Black Mountain Hot Shots have been called in.

When asked about extra precautions firefighters are taking due to the current extreme heat, Briggs said extra water and sports drinks are available for crews. Operation managers are paying close attention to the heat and the needs of the fire personnel. Briggs said firefighters prepare for fires like this one, "Training is what will serve them best... They're well-equipped for the [situation]."
UPDATE, 3:37pm
Lyon County dispatch confirms evacuations are taking place in Silver City and Mound House.

UPDATE, 3:25pm
Lyon County Manager/Emergency Management Director Jeffery Page confirms State Route 342 is closed at 341. He also indicates Sheriff's Office personnel may be evacuating some residents closest to the active edge of the fire.

RENO, Nev. -- Crews are fighting a wild land fire in the Virginia Range outside of Silver City.

Lyon County's County Manager/Emergency Management Director Jeffery Page confirms the fire is burning off of Pedlar Rd., but details are limited at this time. Page said Lyon County is getting assistance from Carson City and Storey County in addition to the Bureau of Land Management.

The Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center website indicates a resource order for air support in fighting the flames.

Scanner traffic indicates officials are shutting down roads in several locations due to the firefighting effort.

Stay with KOLO 8 News Now for the latest developments on this fire.

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