Evans Fire: Blaze west of Reno not expected to be fully contained for several days — 63 acres burned; 80 percent contained | SierraSun.com

Evans Fire: Blaze west of Reno not expected to be fully contained for several days — 63 acres burned; 80 percent contained

UPDATE: Wednesday 1:30 p.m.

The Evans Fire has been 80 percent contained as of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, according to the US Forest Service, and has remained at 63 acres burned. Mopping up the fire has been difficult due to steep terrain, and dense vegetation and timber. The fire isn’t expected to be 100 percent contained, according to the Forest Service, for several more days.

UPDATE: Tuesday 5:15 p.m.

The Evans Fire is now 75 percent contained, according to the US Forest Service’s Erica Hupp, and has burned 63 acres on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Carson Ranger District in Evans Canyon near the Mount Rose Wilderness area.

UPDATE: Tuesday 8:30 a.m.

According to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest service, the Evans fire is now 70 percent contained.

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UPDATE: Investigators say they’re looking for a “vehicle of interest” related to the Evans fire.

They described it as “a green lifted Jeep Cherokee with a LED light bar on the roof” and urged people who saw it or could identify the owner to contact Captain Don Harris at Forest Service Law Enforcement at (775) 355-5327 or deharris@fs.fed.us.

Original Story

A fire burning west of Reno in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is 50 percent contained, according to information from the US Forest Service.

The Evans Fire began around 8 a.m. on Sunday on the Carson Ranger District in Evans Canyon, near the Mount Rose Wilderness area, and has since burned 63 acres.

Fire crews have formed a line around the entire fire, according to the Forest Service, while helicopters have been used to address the fire's interior. 

The Forest Service announced the incident is still under investigation, but has determined the fire was human caused.

Organizations involved in the fire include the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Distrit, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, and NV Energy.

*This post will be updated

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.