Kingsbury fire danger is over
June 13, 2013
Firefighters wielding chain saws and shovels built a line all the way around a wildfire burning near Kingsbury Grade by 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The fire's size was revised to 5 acres, said Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch spokesman Mark Struble.
One firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, said Douglas County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Pat Brooks.
Two-hundred firefighters responded to the fire, which was reported at 2:56 p.m. when a plume of smoke was spotted rising just north of Highway 207. Kingsbury Grade reopened at 7:45 p.m.
Struble said the fire started on private property and burned onto land in the U.S. Forest Service's Carson Ranger District. The cause is under investigation; recent thunderstorms could have provided the spark that ignited it.
Six hand crews cut a line around the fire in steep, rocky terrain, bringing it under control within hours of arriving. The fire burned in scattered forest.
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High winds made the fire behave erratic, East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said.
The winds, estimated at 50 mph or more, grounded firefighting aircraft. A fire, a quarter-acre in size, ignited above the main body of the fire.
A red-flag warning for critical fire danger in Western Nevada has been extended.