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Whites, Whites Creek Trailhead, south west of Reno.

August 2, 2017 at 10:05 PM

The Whites Fire has been GPS mapped at 29 acres and is now 35 percent contained. The fire is southwest of Reno, Nevada, on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Carson Ranger District near the Whites Creek Trailhead just north of Whites Creek. The cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning strike.

“The fire is burning in an area that is rocky and extremely dense with vegetation, timber, and forest litter. Our crews have done a great job reinforcing fire lines, suppressing spot fires, and mopping up hot spots within the fire perimeter,” said Stacy Saucedo, Incident Commander. “We are hoping to have the fire 100 percent contained by the end of the day Thursday.”

Timberline Drive remains open to locals only, and there is no access to the Whites Creek and Thomas Creek Trailheads on the Carson Ranger District. Fire officials are asking recreationists to make sure they stay out of the fire area for the safety of the public and firefighters.

There are a number of cooperating agencies providing resources for the firefighting effort. U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, and Storey County Fire Department. Currently, 160 personnel are working on the fire including six hand crews and two engines.

“There is significantly more vegetation in western Nevada and eastern California than we have seen in previous years because of the wet winter and spring,” added Saucedo. “Above average temperatures have increased the rate of vegetation dry-out and a large crop of grass and brush is evident at lower elevations. Trees and other forest vegetation at higher elevations are also beginning to dry out.”

People are encouraged to safely enjoy the public lands, bearing in mind that human-caused fires threaten human life, private property, and public land resources every summer. The potential for devastating fires during the summer is very real. Report fires to the Sierra Front Interagency Fire Dispatch Center, Minden, Nevada, 775-883-5995, or dial 911.

August 2, 2017 at 8:59 AM

As of 10:15 p.m., the Whites Fire remains at 60 acres and 20 percent contained. The fire is southwest of Reno, Nevada, on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Carson Ranger District near the Whites Creek Trailhead just north of White Creek. The fire is still under investigation.

Tonight and tomorrow, interagency fire crews will continue to reinforce fire lines, suppress spot fires, and mop up. The fire is burning in an area that is extremely dense with vegetation and timber. At this time, there is little threat to the estimated eight structures in the Logan Meadows area. Structure projection is still place in case conditions change.

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Four hand crews, eight engines, and a structure protection strike team are still on the fire and more resources are on order. Thirteen aircraft included super scoopers, Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATS), heavy air tankers and helicopters also helped fight the fire today and many of these resource will return tomorrow if needed.

Timberline Drive is now back open, but there is no access to the Whites Creek and Thomas Creek Trailheads on the Carson Ranger District. Fire officials are asking the recreationists to make sure they stay out of the fire area for the safety of the public and firefighters.

August 1, 2017 at 6:18 PM

A 60 acre fire is actively burning on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Carson Ranger District, near the Whites Creek Trailhead, south west of Reno. Eight structures in the Logan Meadows Area may be threatened.

Traffic is closed to Timberline Drive, except for local residents. There is no access to the Thomas Creek and Whites Creek Trailheads.

The fire is burning in grass, sagebrush, and timber. There is extreme fire activity and some spotting is occurring along the perimeter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There are a number of resources actively fighting the fire including three hand crews, eight engines, and two structure protection strike teams. 13 aircraft have actively worked on fire suppression efforts including scoopers, single engine air tankers (SEATS), heavy air tankers, and helicopters.