With flames from the 700-acre Preacher fire less than a mile from their homes, Pine Nut residents were advised to leave their homes.
While no structures were in immediate danger, firefighters were struggling to get ahead of the blaze in the rugged terrain east of Gardnerville.
Evacuations also had the added benefit of clearing the region's narrow dirt roads so that fire crews had room to work.
Douglas County sheriff's Sgt. Jim Halsey said the four hand crews worked with a bulldozer to cut fire breaks, and planned to set backfires to stop the blaze at Pine Nut 2 Road. …