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Upper Colony, Carson City District Office, BLM. Fifteen miles southwest of Yerinton, NV. Closed timber litter and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

June 20, 2018 at 7:30 AM

A warming trend will continue with temperatures running 5-10 degrees above seasonal average by Thursday. Very dry air will move in Wednesday night into Friday with poor overnight recovery for mid slopes and ridges and only marginal recoveries for valley floors. Southwest winds will increase Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with localized critical conditions possible. Lighter winds, slightly improved humidity recoveries, and dry afternoon conditions are expected for the weekend. There are no thunderstorms or precipitation expected.

June 19, 2018 at 8:24 PM

The Sierra Front Incident Management Team is preparing for a warming trend with temperatures as much as ten degrees above normal, increasing winds and localized critical conditions possible by Thursday.

Aviation and ground forces continue working the fire, currently mapped at 1,202 acres and 57% containment. Fire crews continue to protect structures and property as they anchor and flank the fire. Small smokes are still visible in the fire area, and steep, rocky and inaccessible terrain are a challenge. Crews will continue to secure line and rehab where appropriate.

No structures have been lost, and no injuries have occurred. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighter and public safety continue to be the team’s highest priority. Authorities remind the public to please drive well below the posted speed limit for the rest of the week in the area, using extreme caution as residents return to evacuated areas and resume normal activities. Fire crews and equipment remain working on and near roadways.

June 19, 2018 at 6:13 PM

Containment on the Upper Colony Fire is now at 57%. All evacuations have been lifted.

June 18, 2018 at 6:42 PM

The Sierra Front Team announces that evacuation orders for the Upper Colony Fire have been lifted as of 6:15 p.m. Crews request the public’s attentiveness to safety as they return home.

Authorities ask the public to drive well below the posted speed limit for the rest of the week, using extreme caution as residents return to evacuated areas and resume normal activities. Fire crews and equipment remain working on and near roadways. Drivers should also be aware crews have been working hard on the fireline, and may be covered in soot and dirt, camouflaging them to the landscape. Drivers should not expect to see bright yellow shirts to alert them that firefighters are present.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has released all road closures related to the fire. Drivers should be aware that water tenders and other large pieces of equipment have limited visibility, and do not have the maneuverability to avoid accidents that passenger vehicles do. Firefighter and public safety continue to be the team’s highest priority.

Power has been fully restored to the fire area. Aviation and ground forces continue working the fire, currently mapped at 1,202 acres and 20% containment. No structures have been lost, and no injuries have occurred. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The National Weather Service has predicted weather that may increase fire activity this week, and residents are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they see fire activity that is of concern or threatening to property. For more information on fire and evacuation preparedness please visit www.livingwithfire.info

June 18, 2018 at 11:10 AM

The Upper Colony Fire began at 11:44 a.m. on June 17, 2018 north of Highway 208 in Lyon County, 15 miles southwest of Yerington, NV. Command of the fire was transferred to Fraser’s Sierra Front Incident Management Team 2 on June 18, 2018 at 6 a.m.

Aviation and ground forces attacked the fire throughout the day yesterday, while suppressing additional spot fires. High winds pushed the fire towards homes, farms, ranches, powerlines and the Burbank Canyon Wilderness Study Area. The threat to structures resulted in voluntary evacuations, which remain in place this morning. The fire held at 1,180 acres overnight with a gain of 5% containment. No structures have been lost, and no injuries have occurred. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter and public safety is the team’s highest priority. Access is demanding and dangerous for crews fighting this fire due to the steep and rocky terrain, dry fuels, mineshafts and erratic winds. Winds are expected to be lighter than Sunday, however gusts to 22mph are expected this afternoon.

Power was restored to the Topaz Ranch Estates Sunday night. The evacuation center is currently closed as evacuated residents have utilized other means of shelter. Large animals may be sheltered at Dresser Field in Yerington. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has released all road closures except for Upper Colony Rd, which remains closed between Day Ln and Wedertz Ln.

The public is asked to be aware of emergency vehicles and heavy equipment on the roads and firefighters on the ground. Please use extra caution when traveling through the area. Firefighters also remind the public of the importance of maintaining defensible space around homes, and to practice evacuation plans. For more information please visit www.livingwithfire.info.

June 17, 2018 at 4:19 PM

Residents in the area are told to evacuate to Smith Valley Baptist Church at 888 Hudson Way.

June 17, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Photo: Antelope Valley Fire

Antelope Valley Fire on scene of Upper Colony Fire in Smith Valley doing structure protection. Approximately 50 homes in the area.

June 17, 2018 at 4:09 PM

The fire is burning in sagebrush and grass, structures are threatened.  Evacuations handled through Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Dept,  Energy transmission lines threatened. Possible threat to Hwy-208 outside of Wellington, Nv.