Line around 72 percent of Preacher fire; blaze has burned 5,353 acres in Pine Nut Mountains |

Line around 72 percent of Preacher fire; blaze has burned 5,353 acres in Pine Nut Mountains

Bulldozers cut a fire line around the Preacher Fire burning in the Pine Nut Mountains.

Firefighters made progress against the 5,353-acre Preacher Fire, burning in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville.

With a line around nearly three-quarters of its perimeter, officials say the fire is exhibiting minimal burning behavior.

“Fire resources took advantage of better weather (Thursday, July 27) as lighter winds enabled crews and engines to secure more line and mop up hotspots further into the interior,” according to fire public information officer Denise Cobb. “

Crews are expected to begin to repair damage from fire suppression activities today in order to return the burn area to its pre-existing conditions where possible.

The number of firefighters working the blaze will drop as crews demobilize.

The fire began early Monday morning when a lightning strike hit north of Highway 395 at 3:30 a.m.

At one point, the fire threatened 500 homes, but no structures were lost. One firefighter received minor injuries.

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