Fire on eastern Peavine caused by target shooters

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Feb. 13 update: The fire that started Feb. 1 on the eastern slope of Peavine was caused by target shooting, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

The fire on Peavine from an Alert Tahoe BLM Fire Camera.

They ask anyone with information about the Poeville Fire to call the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sparks at 775-331-6444.

“Target shooting remains a very serious threat and fire danger to the wildland in Washoe County,” said Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore in a Forest Service statement. “Despite the winter season, conditions remain very dry. We strongly encourage residents to refrain from outdoor activities that have a high potential to start a wildfire such as target shooting as we saw with the Poeville Fire.”
Authorities asked shooters to be extra careful as the weather turns milder and people head outdoors.

“Fire prevention needs to be a priority for everyone taking part in open space recreation,” Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “Limit activities so that you are fire safe and bring fire suppression equipment with you. In the event a fire does break out, do the right thing by contacting emergency responders immediately and staying on scene until they arrive, providing it is safe for you to do so.”

“We risk early wildfires when people are careless about target shooting,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “Shooting restrictions could be put in place unless everyone recreates responsibly.”

Feb. 2 Update: The fire on Peavine has been stopped at 67 acres and crews are being released.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said Saturday's fire was a reminder that brush fires can start year-round and that people need to be extra careful on windy days.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Original Story: Firefighters are continuing to monitor the Peavine Fire. It was reported Saturday, February 1, 2020 around 3:30PM.

Officials with Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest say the fire is estimated to be 30 acres. No structures are threatened. Forward progression has been stopped but crews tell KOLO 8 News Now that the smoke will impact the communities of Lemmon Valley, Red Rock, Sun Valley and Spanish Springs.

The fire is high on the mountain and the Reno Fire Department and forest officials will remain on scene.

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Robin submitted this photo of the fire on Peavine.
The fire on Peavine. Photo by Wade Barnett/KOLO.
The fire on Peavine. Photo by Wade Barnett/KOLO.