Fire at a glance (numbers)

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Farad, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF. IMT 2 (Chadwick).Ten miles northeast of Truckee, Ca. Timber. Minimal fire behavior.

July 15, 2017 at 9:04 AM

The Farad Fire that started along Interstate 80 on July 10 is now 81% contained. Yesterday crews completed mop up on much of the fire and continued to mop up areas of intense heat along the northern perimeter. In the afternoon, many resources were released to assist with new fire starts along the Sierra Front. The size of the Farad Fire remains at 747 acres with no further growth anticipated.

Today two handcrews will complete mop up and fireline repair and helicopters will haul equipment back from remote sections of the burn area. Liberty Utilities will also continue repair work on the section of damaged powerline. Powerline pole replacement near Interstate 80 may cause brief slow-downs on Interstate 80 in areas adjacent to the fire.

Tomorrow the management of the Farad Fire will be transitioned to a Type 4 Incident Commander and the fire will continue to be monitored using air resources.

This will be the last planned daily update. Great Basin Team 6 would like to thank the surrounding communities, including Verdi and West Reno, and the public for their support during the suppression of the Farad Fire.

July 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM

Minimal fire behavior. Crews continue mop up.

July 14, 2017 at 2:54 PM

The Farad Fire is 58% contained as of the end of operations yesterday; more progress is expected today. Yesterday, crews worked to build and connect fireline along the northern perimeter and today will focus on mopping up areas of remaining heat near the perimeter. There was no new growth in the fire and the size remains at 747 acres.

Repair work will begin today on the section of powerline damaged by the fire. Liberty Utilities will set approximately ten new poles along the line using a helicopter. This work will begin at 8:00 am and continue throughout the day.

Due to the very steep and rugged nature of the terrain, ground based crews are not able to safely access some areas of the fire. These areas will be monitored from the air and helicopter water drops will be used to treat any flare-ups. Crews in other locations of the fire will continue to mop up and secure the fireline. Approximately 286 firefighters, including seven crews, eight engines and five helicopters are, now working on the fire.

Fire managers would like to remind the public that firefighters are working and traveling along the Interstate 80 corridor and to please slow down and travel with extra caution.

July 14, 2017 at 7:49 AM

Minimal fire growth is expected due with current fire resources in place on the ground supported by aircraft.

There is a slight risk of thunderstorms south of the fire on Friday and in the fire vicinity on Saturday. Little in the way of precipitation is expected, but gusty winds are possible. Otherwise hot and dry conditions prevail. A weak cold front once again pushes moisture east on Sunday.

July 13, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Good progress according to this morning’s briefing map.

July 12, 2017 at 7:33 PM

After more precise measuring via GPS, the Farad Fire is 747 acres. Great progress throughout today’s operations.

The I-80 closure near the Farad Fire will be lifted tonight by 10 pm. It will remain open pending fire activity or major rockfall. Motorists on I-80, drive carefully and watch out for fire trucks entering & exiting

July 12, 2017 at 3:25 PM

After crews and aircraft worked toward containment over the last two days, fire activity has decreased. Eight aircraft including helicopters and air tankers played a significant role in limiting the fire’s spread by dropping thousands of gallons of water and retardant. Visible smoke and flame can still be expected and motorists are cautioned to drive carefully, watching for fire trucks entering and exiting the freeway.

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 80 has been open in all lanes but westbound traffic has been restricted to a single lane. Fire helicopters dipping water from the Truckee River, rolling rocks and fire debris has been and continues to be a danger to the public. Future closures may become necessary, but fire managers are making efforts to keep the interstate open. As shown in the attached photo, the steep, rocky terrain where the fire is burning is challenging to access and dangerous for firefighters to work in.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) from the Great Basin has been assigned to manage the fire today and approximately 300 firefighters are assigned from state, federal and local agencies.

July 12, 2017 at 6:19 AM

Morning briefing underway. The fire remains at 671 acres according to the incident map

July 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM

The Farad Fire is 670 acres and 20 percent contained. Interstate 80 (I-80) re-opened this afternoon in both directions with traffic being guided in two east bound lanes and one west bound lane to facilitate aircraft operations over the fire. The fire remains on the north side of the highway.

Motorists are reminded to maintain a safe speed and to focus on driving when going through the I-80 corridor where fire suppression activities are visible. Slowing down to watch the fire activities will increase traffic congestion and risk of vehicle accidents.

Jeremy Marshall, Agency Administrator for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, wants to “thank the traveling public for their patience as firefighters continue to suppress the fire” and “many thanks” to all the agency cooperators assisting with the incident.

These agencies include U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Cal Fire, Nevada Division of Forestry, North Lake Tahoe Fire Department, East Fork Fire Protection District, Carson Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, California and Nevada Highway Patrols, Reno Police Department, Sierra and Washoe Sheriff’s Offices, Caltrans, Nevada Department of Transportations, and Liberty Utilities.

Fire resources include four helicopters, four CL415 Scoopers, three heavy air tankers and three single engine air tankers, 16 engines, 10 handcrews, four water tenders, one dozer, and 20 overhead personnel. The total number of personnel is currently 180. The fire will transition to Brook Chadwick’s Great Basin Incident Management Team tomorrow morning.

There are no evacuation orders in effect, but patrols will monitor the seven identified threatened structures in the Gold Ranch and Verdi Peak area. A Liberty Utilities’ powerline was de-energized for firefighter safety, affecting approximately 40 residents.

July 11, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Fire remains on the north side of Hwy, 670 acres, still active. I 80 remains closed.

July 11, 2017 at 8:28 AM

CHP Truckee posted this video just now

July 11, 2017 at 7:29 AM

Current view from the Peavine cam

According to the latest Cal Fire update, the fire is now 700 acres and 30% contained.

July 11, 2017 at 7:25 AM

CHP Gold Run: I-80 W/B lanes closed at stateline and E/B lanes closed at 267 in Truckee due to the fire.

Please use an alternate route.

July 10, 2017 at 9:51 PM

Tonight, firefighters will continue to construct control lines in preparation for tomorrow’s late afternoon winds that are expected to be around 20 miles per hour.

There are no evacuation orders in effect, but patrols will monitor the seven identified threatened structures in the Gold Ranch and Verdi Peak area. Westbound Interstate-80 has reopened with two lane east and one lane west.

The fire suppression activities is visible from Interstate-80 and motorist are encouraged to maintain a safe speed and to focus on driving. Slowing down to watch the fire activities will increase traffic congestion and risk of vehicle accidents.

Cal Fire and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest have control of the fire until Scott Fraser’s Sierra Front Incident Management Team assumes command of the fire at 7 a.m. There are local, county, state and federal ground and air resources assigned to the fire.

July 10, 2017 at 9:41 PM

Photo: Liberty Utilities

Liberty Utilities: Fire coming close to power poles. 40 customers in Nevada County w/out power due to de-energized lines to help firefighters.

Team 1 Fraser has been mobilized, new ICP Location McQueen High School 6055 Lancer Street Reno NV 89523.

July 10, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Red Flag Warning for strong SW to W winds and low humidity in effect until 11 PM. Continued structure threat.

July 10, 2017 at 6:26 PM

Seven structures identified that could be threatened in the Gold Ranch and Verdi Peak area. Structure Protection is in place.

July 10, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Cal Fire update: 600 acres and 10% contained.

July 10, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Hwy 80 is now closed in both directions from Gold Ranch in Nevada to the 267 interchange in Truckee.

July 10, 2017 at 5:38 PM

CalFire/HumboldtToiyabe are in unified command .500 acres 5% contained burning north of I-80. I80 west is closed. Current resources include 25 engines, 6 handcrews 2 water tenders, 7 helicopters, 3 air tankers, 1 air attack

July 10, 2017 at 4:47 PM

Photo CHP Truckee

CHP Trucke: I-80 eastbound is now closed at Hirschdale. The fire has pushed all the way down to the freeway forcing a full closure. I-80 westbound remains closed at the Nevada State Line. Avoid the area.

July 10, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest estimates the fire at approximately 300 acres and states the threat to structures has diminished. The fire is driven by gusty winds and at this time both directions of I-80 are closed.

July 10, 2017 at 4:11 PM

Nevada Highway Patrol: Road closed again. WB I80/Gold Ranch due to the fire being close to roadway.

Photo Tahoe National Forest

I-80 westbound traffic being held at Nevada state line.

July 10, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Super Scoopers are unable to fly due to the red flag conditions. Winds out of the southwest to west with gusts up to 55 mph, RH is 6-13% only

July 10, 2017 at 3:48 PM

All air tankers on hold until a lead plane is on the fire. High winds and erratic gusts create a safety hazards, especially for the Super Scoopers.

July 10, 2017 at 3:38 PM

One relief air attack and additional helicopters requested. Fire is burning at a high rate of spread. Structures threatened.

As seen from the Truckee Airport at 2:45 pm. Photo Kerri Timmer

There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for gusty SW to W winds and low humidity in the fire area.

July 10, 2017 at 3:07 PM

Air Attack is now reporting over 500 acres, still burning at a rapid rate of spread.

July 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM

CHP Truckee: I-80 westbound, at the Nevada State Line has reopened. However, it is reduced to 1 lane in the fire area.

Please be careful of fire personnel in the area.

July 10, 2017 at 2:50 PM

The fire is now burning in heavier fuels.

July 10, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Photo CHP Truckee

Two more strike teams to the fire, immediate need.

July 10, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Per Truckee FD: There is no threat to Truckee.

The fire is burning in an easterly direction, into Nevada in the general direction of Reno – no threat to Reno either.

July 10, 2017 at 2:21 PM

Confirmed aircraft on scene: Tankers 83, 88 and 90, Helicopters 514 and 516 and Air Attack 500.

July 10, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Additional resources are arriving at the fire, Sierra Front Dispatch reports 20 acres with BLM NV, Humboldt Toiyabe NF and air resources actively engaging #SuperScoopers

July 10, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Structure threat is continuing as the fire is burning in an easterly direction (towards Reno)

July 10, 2017 at 1:58 PM

On order at this time: 5 tankers, 4 helicopters, 3 strike teams engines, three strike teams crews.

July 10, 2017 at 1:56 PM

The fire is now in unified command with HTF and Cal Fire.

July 10, 2017 at 1:53 PM

National Weather Service-Reno Red Flag Warning remains in effect from 11 AM this morning to 11 PM this evening for gusty winds and low humidity.

July 10, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Structure protection for homes on the ridgeline is in place. Approximately 7 homes are threatened.

July 10, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Tahoe engines 71 and 72 and Helicopter 514 are committed to the fire. Truckee Meadows Battalion 3 and water tender 35, Cal Fire Water tender 92, Battalion 8, engine 2365 and numerous brush engines on scene.

July 10, 2017 at 1:44 PM

Large resource order has been placed for the fire. The location of the fire is at Mystic.

Nevada Seismological Laboratory at UNR cameras.

July 10, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Air Attack estimates the fire at 30 acres.

July 10, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Smoke across the freeway, closing westbound I-80. The fire is burning uphill at a very rapid rate of spread.

July 10, 2017 at 1:03 PM

Full wildland dispatch for a reported fire on westbound I-80 at Farad, near the CA/NV stateline. Reported as a 20 by 20 spot.