Calif. fires mucking up Nevada skies | NevadaAppeal.com

Calif. fires mucking up Nevada skies

F.T. Norton
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Shannon Litz/Nevada AppealSmoke can be seen in Eagle Valley on Thursday afternoon.
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A lightning-sparked wildfire in Tulare County, Calif., seven hours southwest of Carson City, is making Northern Nevada skies hazy, according to the Nevada Division of Environmental Health.

“We are monitoring it to see if there’s any health advisories that we should issue, but haven’t found a need to at this point,” said Vinson Guthreau, spokesman for the Division of Environmental Health.

The Lion Wildland Fire was ignited July 8 by lightning. It’s in the Golden Trout Wilderness of the Sequoia National Forest. As of Thursday, some 16,350 acres had burned, and fire crews were reporting 15 percent containment.

There were no active fires burning in Nevada as of Thursday afternoon.

A fire in the Indian Creek Reservoir area that began Monday afternoon grew to about 81 acres before crews got a handle on it. More than 100 firefighters, three air tankers and a helicopter responded to the fire on Monday afternoon, and by 3 p.m. the smoke had cleared. Four handcrews cut a swath halfway around the fire by 6 p.m., stopping its forward progress.

Firefighters worked through the night to continue cutting a line the rest of the way around the fire, containing it by 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Diamond Valley Road and Indian Creek Campground reopened Tuesday morning. Airport Road reopened Tuesday afternoon.