Fire heading back toward Mound House |

Fire heading back toward Mound House

Staff report
Cathleen Allison/Nevada AppealA single engine air tanker drops retardant on the Linehan fire at the top of Goni Canyon this afternoon.

A line has been built around the west flank of the Linehan Complex fire burning in northeast Carson City and Mound House.

The area is relatively quiet, though the 6,000-acre fire continues to burn actively on its north and east flanks. Reports from the scene say the fire is heading back toward Mound House, burning through a canyon that did not burn Monday night.

The Nevada Army National Guard heavy helicopter, the Chinook, is flying the active areas over the fires.

At 5:50 p.m, firefighters report that heavy helicopters dropping water, and air tankers dropping retardant in the Goni Canyon area on the fire’s northeast flank have greatly reduced the fire threat.

At 4:30 p.m., the Linehan fire moved down hill, the wind shifted, and the fire then began moving up the hill. A heavy air tanker dropped retardant to slow its growth.

The west flank of the fire has been knocked down again and the north east flank has become the focus of the air attack.

Highway 50 through Mound House is open in both directions. Drivers are reminded to remain clear of the fire area to keep the roads open for fire equipment.

No containment is estimated at this time. Residents are allowed to return to their homes except for those who live on Linehan Road. No structures have been lost to the fire, however more than 200 remain threatened.

Check back for updates.

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