Dust devils likely in area where Jasper Fire burned

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SUN VALLEY, NV (KOLO) - The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is warning residents in Sun Valley and Spanish Springs to expect to see dust devils in the area where the Jasper Fire burned. They will look like smoke columns, but fire officials say you should not be alarmed.

Photo shows Jasper Fire burn scar

A Sierra Front Type 3 team has demobilized according to Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, and authority has reverted back to local agencies.

The Jasper Fire burned 1,165 acres before it was fully contained Tuesday, July 16, 2019. It started Saturday, July 13 around 3PM in the area of Chimney Drive and Leon Drive in Sun Valley, burning in grass and sagebrush, then spread into Spanish Springs. Sierra Front confirms one home and two outbuildings were burned.

At one point more than 100 homes were threatened, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office was going door-to-door urging people to evacuate. Washoe County Regional Animal Services took care of 49 larger animals at the Livestock Events Center during the Jasper Fire and five at the Hug High School evacuation Center, Washoe County reported.

Two people have been arrested accused of starting the 850-acre Jasper Fire.

Alex Javier Arias, 23, and Jorge Luis Arias, 22, were arrested on suspicion of destruction of property caused by fire through gross negligence, a felony, Balaam said. They allegedly fired into cheat grass off Chimney Drive without having resources to stop a fire if it broke out.

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Jorge Luis Arias, 22, left, and Alex Javier Arias, 23, arrested for allegedly starting the Jasper Fire by target shooting. Washoe County jail booking photos.