Firefighters are asking residents in the area of Pine Nut Road 2 to be prepared to evacuate should the 300-acre Preachers Mine fire continue to burn toward their homes.
Flames could be seen in Carson Valley from the fire burning in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville were set by lightning strikes. Three fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters were dropping retardant and water on the blaze this afternoon.
Sheriff's deputies and members of the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Team are going door-to-door in the area to warn residents about the fire.
"We are asking people to leave should a nonmandatory evacuation be declared," Sheriff's Spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey said.
Carson Valley Middle School is the evacuation shelter. Anyone with livestock who needs help evacuating the animals can call the Mounted Posse at 782-5126.
Halsey said that no estimate of containment has been issued.
The fire is burning in steep terrain that is difficult for firefighters to reach, he said.
He said the fire is a long way from Ruhenstroth or Fish Springs.
Meanwhile, as of 5:30 p.m. firefighters were making headway against the 40-acre Ray May 2 fire burning above Pine View Estates with 20 percent containment.
At least four fires were started by lighting strikes this afternoon after two storm cells rolled through Western Nevada.
A brush fire near Eagle Mountain Road threatened structures and had a 200-yard flame front before firefighters were able to halt the blaze. It was being mopped up by 5:30 p.m.
No highways have been closed as a result of either fire. Pine Nut Road 2 is closed to all but emergency vehicles where it meets Dump Road.