Blown fuse to blame for Mt. Rose Highway fire

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 2:17 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 12:33 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE, AUG. 2: Investigators tell KOLO 8 News Now that the fire on Mount Rose Highway last month was caused by a blown fuse on a utility pole.

It broke out July 12, 2021 near Bordeaux and Timberline.

Initially, investigators believed it was sparked by a lit flare after one was found burned at the scene. But video and witness interviews show a blown fuse sparked the fire.

UPDATE 2:40 P.M. Officials said a wildfire burning off Mt. Rose Highway was human-caused.

It was reported around 2 p.m. July 12, 2021 near Timberline Drive.

Forward progress has been stopped. Initially, it was reported to be five acres. Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District later said it burned just under an acre.

The fire forced the closure of the Mt. Rose Highway, but the NHP is allowing alternating traffic on the highway.

Officials told KOLO 8 News Now that had the fire not been stopped as quickly as it was, it would have destroyed homes.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fire crews are battling a wildfire on the Mt. Rose Highway at Timberline Drive.

There are no reports of any buildings threatened, but the fire has forced the closure of the Mt. Rose Highway.

Forward progress has been stopped, but the fire has burned about 5 acres.

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