Fire in Mt. Rose Wilderness burns 728 acres, 5 percent contained

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cory Anderson shot this image of the Hunter Falls fire Sunday.

Written by Kristin Close

The Hunter Falls fire in the Mt. Rose Wilderness near southwest Reno, which started late Saturday, has burnt 728 acres and remains at 5 percent containment, says Christie Kalkowski, a spokeswoman for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is burning toward the northeast in the area of Hunter Creek, in an area inaccessible to engines, so fire crews and water are being helicoptered into the area, Kalkowski says.

The public is being asked to stay off of the Hunter Creek Trailhead. There are 144 fire fighters on the ground battling the blaze.

Cooler temperatures today and tomorrow will help firefighters work against the fire, Kalkowski says. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon with gusts of 15 mph.

As Memorial Day approaches, please remember to use precaution when dealing with fuels and fire.

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