Perry Fire grows to more than 66 square miles

Flames move towards Piute Creek Road from the Perry Fire.
Flames move towards Piute Creek Road from the Perry Fire.(KOLO)
Published: Jul. 27, 2018 at 9:28 PM PDT
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12:15pm Monday:

The Perry Fire has grown to 42,399 acres, burning through short grass and brush. That is equivalent to more than 66 square miles.

Containment remains at 15 percent.

Late Sunday, the fire behavior increased and the front moved south and east.

Fire commanders say as the fire moves downhill into more even terrain, firefighters and equipment will have easier access to the perimeter and can increase containment.

5:50 p.m. Sunday update:

The Perry Fire tried to jump Whiskey Springs Road near Broken Spur Road at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Crews stopped it.

More evacuations were requested along Broken Spur Road and Bootstrap Lane.

4:15 p.m. Sunday update:

The Bureau of Land Management reports the Perry Fire west of Pyramid Lake has grown to 25,600 acres and is 15% contained.

The Perry Fire was reported to be 18,000 acres Sunday morning.

There are no reports of structures burned. Up to 70 structures are threatened. There are 229 personnel on the fire, using seven fire engines, one dozer, four water tenders, five helicopters and seven hand crews.

See a map of evacuation areas in the photos below.

1:30 p.m. Sunday update:

The Northern Nevada American Red Cross Disaster Action Team opened a Shelter for the Perry Fire at Ironwood Event Center at 5600 Whiskey Springs Road.

The shelter is currently housing residents and livestock as well. They are providing food and water.

The hotline for information about services at the shelter is 775-741-3564.

9:30 a.m. Sunday update:

Voluntary evacuations remain west of Pyramid Lake due to the Perry Fire. Nevada 446 from Sutcliffe to just south of Nixon is closed because of the fire.

The fire grew from an estimated 15,000 acres Saturday night to 18,000 acres Sunday morning. The fire is about 15 percent contained.

No structures have been lost, but one vehicle has burned. There have been no injuries.

People and livestock can use the Ironwood Event Center at 5600 Whiskey Springs Road as an evacuation center.

People driving in the area need to be aware that drivers of large equipment have limited ability to see other vehicles.

A federal fire management team will take over handling of the fire on Monday.

Full containment is expected Aug. 6.

10:55p.m. Saturday update:

BLM reports the Perry Fire has grown to 15,000 acres and is 15 percent contained as of late Saturday, July 28, 2018.

The evacuation center has moved from Shaw Middle School to Ironwood Events Center on Whiskey Springs Road for both people and their animals.

4:15 p.m. update:

There has been a request for evacuation for about 20 homes in the Grass Valley Road and Whiskey Springs area due to the Perry Fire, according to Bureau of Land Management fire public information officer Lisa Ross.

Fire engines are on scene to protect homes at the southwest flank of the Perry Fire.

The fire is now estimated to be 11,200 acres.

Evacuation centers have been setup at Shaw Middle School at 600 Eagle Canyon Drive for people and at Ironwood Events Center at 5600 Whiskey Springs Road for animals.

11:50 a.m. update:

The Perry Fire west of Pyramid Lake is 12,500 acres, the Bureau of Land Management reported. That is about 19.5 square miles. The figure reflects aerial mapping on Saturday morning.

The fire that started Friday in the Pah Rah Range about 5:17 p.m. is 5 percent contained. It is burning on public and private land, including the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. Some beaches at Pyramid Lake were evacuated.

No structures are threatened and none have been lost. Fire trucks are In place in Warm Springs Valley to protect structures. As of Saturday morning there were 95 fire personnel assigned to the fire with more en route, the BLM said.

“Firefighters, dozers and aircraft will be working today to slow the fire’s spread and anchor the fire lines,” the BLM reported. “Steep terrain and limited access are posing challenges to fire line construction on the southern portion of the fire.”

The Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Center is not threatened.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District said fire investigators are asking that anyone who saw a vehicle leave the scene of the Perry Fire on Friday when the fire was first reported to call 775-461-6200.

Earlier story:

The Perry Fire burning west of the south end of Pyramid Lake has reached 3,200 acres, Sierra Front Interagency Wildfire Cooperators reported. No structures are threatened.

The fire was reported about 5:17 p.m. July 27, 2018. Fire crews from several agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, are on scene.

Pyramid Highway was closed for about six hours overnight at Sutcliffe.

Sierra Front does not list any containment.