New wildfire starts near Peavine Peak

Submitted to the Sun

VERDI, Nev.  – Around 80 firefighters from the Humboldt Toiyabe and the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District have responded to a new wildfire ignition, called the Peavine Peak Fire, about 14 miles north of Verdi, NV in the Carson Ranger District with nearby structures threatened. The fire was initially reported at 3:12 P.M. and the cause remains unknown and under investigation.

With the assistance of six fixed-winged aircraft and two helicopters, the fire has been kept to approximately six to nine acres with a moderate potential for growth.  Firefighters have been assisted by higher humidity of 40% and relatively low winds of 8-15 MPH and temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s.

Incident responders include two Large Air Tankers, four Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS), two medium helicopters, and a Fixed Wing Air Attack platform to oversee aerial operations. Additionally, two engines from the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest and three engines from Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, the El Dorado Hotshots, and three Truckee Meadows hand crews hiked in to size up and take suppression actions.

“Due to its proximity to nearby structures, heavy aerial support has been delivering retardant to surround the fire and keep its progress in check while ground crews hiked into the fire’s location,” said Carson City District Ranger, Matt Zumstein. Our top priority is full suppression of this fire and the protection of the community.”

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