For Immediate Release
Contact: Adam Mayberry
Reno, Nev. June 22, 2017. Hikers reported the Hunter Creek Fire at 1:41 p.m. Thursday. The fire is estimated at approximately 250 acres and 35 percent contained, with no structures threatened, and no injuries. Containment and acreage will be confirmed once crews have mapped the area by walking the perimeter.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest are in unified command of the incident, with U.S. Forest Service USFS assuming command at 9p.m. Air resources made water drops throughout the day and will resume again tomorrow. Hand crews and engine crews will monitor the fire overnight, and will resume attack in the morning.
“We’ve had fires every day since Memorial Day,” TMFPD Chief Charles Moore said. “The mutual aid relationships we maintain in this region are vital, and the ability to bring to bear the kind of aggressive attack we did on this fire is nothing short of impressive. I want to thank all the agencies that are here fighting this fire, and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office that ensured hiker and traffic safety while resources were deployed. I want to say a special thank you to all of these firefighters for working so hard in keeping our community safe.”
Michael D. Thompson Trailhead is closed, as is access to the Hunter Creek Trail while fire ground operations are underway and until the investigation is complete. Traffic is currently closed to non-residents at Woodchuck Circle and Plateau Road.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by TMFPD Fire Marshal Ray. For additional updates, follow the USFS @HumboldtToiyabe on Twitter. The hashtag being used is #HunterCreekFire.
The Hunter Creek Fire is another powerful reminder that wildfire season is in full swing here in the Truckee Meadows. Maintaining defensible space and being prepared for evacuation are the most important things a resident can do to prepare a home for a wildfire.
USFS and TMFPD would like to thank the following agencies for their resources and support:
Nevada Division of Forestry
Storey County Fire
Carson City Fire
Central Lyon Fire
North Lake Tahoe Fire
Tahoe Douglas Fire
Truckee Meadows Fire Volunteers
Eagle Valley Hand Crews
Rifle Peak Hand Crews
Eastern Sierra Hand Crews