Fire near Sierraville slowing |

Fire near Sierraville slowing

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

The Harding wildfire burning forest northeast of Sierraville slowed over night and fire officials said Friday they do not expect the blaze to grow much larger.

The fire has burned 2,000 acres, according to the latest U.S. Forest Service estimates, from where it started alongside Highway 49 about three miles east of Sierraville. Approximately 419 firefighters are battling the blaze. The fire was estimated to be 30 percent contained on Friday morning.

“We’re getting a pretty good handle on it,” said Rene Smith, a Tahoe National Forest fire information officer.

The U.S. Forest Service expects to be mopping up the last parts of the fire on Tuesday, Aug. 30, Smith said.

No more firefighters have been injured since three were sent to the hospital on Wednesday with minor heat injuries.

Antelope Valley Road, a dirt road that splits off to the east of Highway 49, has been closed to allow fire equipment to move through the area. The fire did not jump the road Thursday night.

Cold Creek and Cottonwood campgrounds, on Highway 89 south of Sierraville, have been closed, and are being used as a rest area for firefighters.

The Forest Service will hold a public meeting in Loyalton to give out information on the fire. It will be held at the Loyalton High School at 7 p.m. Friday.