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Voltaire, Humboldt-Toiyabe NF. One mile west of Carson City, NV. Brush and short grass. Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened. Road closures in effect

June 15, 2018 at 8:55 AM

The Sierra Front Incident Management Team updates acreage and announces they are nearing 100% containment of the Voltaire Fire.

The fire is now recorded at 517 acres due to better mapping. The footprint of the fire did not change overnight and crews continued working aggressively on containment lines throughout the day. Officials with the Sierra Front Incident Management Team expect to have 100% containment by 6:00 p.m. tonight, and will return command of the incident to local resources at 6:00 a.m. on June 15, 2018. Crews will remain in patrol status overnight.

The fire was human caused. A camper was attempting to do the right thing to “Leave No Trace,” however the party made the error of attempting to burn their human waste/paper in a windy and dry area. This practice was recommended in the past, but has been revised to burying waste, not burning it.
For more information on this topic, please visit the Leave No Trace website at https://lnt.org/learn/principle-3.

June 14, 2018 at 7:29 AM

Fire crews continued to construct handline and extinguish hotspots over the fire today, including assistance from helicopters and air attack.

Voluntary evacuations were lifted at approximately 4 p.m. Area residents and motorists should continue to avoid Voltaire Canyon Road as fire personnel are using this road to access the fire.

The public may continue to see occasional interior smokes and blowing dust over the fire area and winds are expected to persist through Friday.

Incident Commander, Scott Stephenson with the Sierra Front Incident Management Team 1 took command of the fire at 6 p.m.

June 13, 2018 at 1:46 PM

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The Voltaire Fire started yesterday evening at approximately 7:30 pm in Voltaire Canyon, on the west side of Carson City. Fire crews constructed handline throughout the night, as the fire remained active. The cause of the fire has been determined to be human-caused.

The fire is burning on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s, Carson Ranger District and federal trust lands managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Western Nevada Agency. Numerous fire departments have been assisting from the onset of the fire. As of 6:00 a.m., the fire was estimated at 500 acres and 15 percent contained, it is burning in sagebrush and grass vegetation and within portions of a previously burned area.

The fire is very visible to area residents and people traveling on South Carson Street. The public is reminded to stay out of the area and be aware of the fire equipment accessing the fire area, particularly staying clear of Curry Street, on the west side of Carson City.

Voluntary evacuations remain in effect for the Carson Colony and Voltaire Canyon.

The Sierra Front Incident Management Team has been ordered and is expected to take management of the incident this evening.