Fuel thinning slowed Douglas County fire

The area of the Sun Rise Fuels Project in Douglas County.
The area of the Sun Rise Fuels Project in Douglas County.(Bureau of Land Management)
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 4:45 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 3:26 PM PDT
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MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) - AUG. 4 UPDATE: A fuel thinning project helped slow a wildfire in Douglas County, the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday.

Human activity caused the Lebo Springs Fire Tuesday around 3 p.m. about 8 miles east of Johnson Lane, the BLM said.

But the fire burned into the Sunrise Pass fuels project.

The 660-acre Sunrise Fuels project was finished in the fall of 2015 with a maintenance update in fall 2019. Crews thinned brush and trees by chewing them up in machines.

When Tuesday’s fire reached the Sunrise Pass project, the fire burned less intensely, and firefighters engaged it and stopped it at 27.5 acres.

“This area has potential for large wildfire growth but with this treatment in place and quick response from firefighters, fire suppression efforts were successful,” Ryan Elliott, BLM district fuels program manager, said in a statement. “When this project was implemented, it was controversial due to the removal of pinyon trees and brush. The Lebo Springs Fire would likely be actively growing if it were not for this fuels project.”

ORIGINAL STORY: East Fork Fire is responding to a fire in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Minden. The fire was reported around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Sunrise Pass Road.

There’s no word yet on whether any structures are threatened, but the fire is burning in a remote area.

The cause is under investigation, but thunderstorms were reported in the area around the time the fire started.

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A fire burns in the Pine Nut mountains in Douglas County, Nev. on Aug. 2, 2022.
A fire burns in the Pine Nut mountains in Douglas County, Nev. on Aug. 2, 2022.(Alert Wildfire)