Poodle Fire grows to 12,100 acres north of Pyramid Lake

The Poodle Fire north of Pyramid Lake.
The Poodle Fire north of Pyramid Lake.(Bureau of Land Management)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:42 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2020 at 11:19 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - AUG. 15, 11 A.M. The Poodle Fire north of Pyramid Lake has grown to 12,100 acres and is 10 percent contained, the Bureau of Land Management reported Saturday.

The fire is burning in the Granite Mountain Range about 20 miles northwest of Gerlach.

Fire crews have limited access to the fire by road. Helicopters shuttle crews and supplies to the area and fire crews sleep near the fire so they don’t have to travel as far each day.

The fire crossed Nevada 447 on Thursday and dozers are building containment lines in the Squaw Creek Reservoir area.

Friday’s increased clouds and reduced winds allowed crews to get more containment on the fire. On Saturday south to southwest winds could have gusts of 25 mph. There is also a chance of lightning.

The primary objectives are limiting impact to homes in the area and to power transmission lines and to protect sage grouse and bighorn sheep habitat.

AUG 12, 8:30 P.M. A fire burning northwest of Gerlach in the Poodle Mountains is about 100 acres, the Bureau of Land Management said Wednesday night.

Nothing is threatened and it is burning in an old burn scar, the BLM said.

The fire is a holdover fire from a lightning storm that went through the area Tuesday night.

The BLM has five fire engines, two single-engine air tankers, one heavy airtanker and two dozers on scene and hand crews on order.

The BLM expects to have the fire contained overnight or by Thursday afternoon.

ORIGINAL STORY: There is a wildfire burning in central Washoe County north of Pyramid Lake.

Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue said it was a Bureau of Land Management fire and a BLM public information officer could not be reached for comment.

The Alert Wildfire collection of fire cameras tweeted a photo of the fire and said it could be a hold-over fire caused by recent lightning storms.

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