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Preacher Fire Grows Near Nevada/California State Line

Elaine Smith / Courtesy

The Preacher Fire burns south of Gardnerville, NV. Bureau of Land Management says the fire was caused by lightning.

Elaine Smith / Courtesy

UPDATE 4:40 P.M.: Officials are now estimating the Preacher fire at 4,651 acres. Evacuations are still in place

The Douglas County had briefly reported Tuesday afternoon that the fire had grown to more than 7,000 acres, but that was due to a "mapping error."


A 3,100-acre fire is burning east of Highway 395 about seven miles from the town of Gardnerville, Nevada.

The Preacher fire is burning in the Pine Nut Mountain Range and is threatening 400 structures.

Douglas County has evacuated the areas east of Pine Nut Road including Fred's Street, Sandoval, Taildragger, Bluebird and Bar-J Roads.

Evacuations are also in place for the Spirit Ranch area including Blue Sage Road, Badger Lane, Robinson Road and Lena Lane.

The Washoe Tribal Police have evacuated the Bodie Flats area in the near Courtland Avenue.

The fire jumped a containment line overnight and has 0-percent containment.

Investigators believe lightning started the fire at 3:30 a.m. Monday, July 24.

The area consists of grass, brush and pinion-juniper.

The Bureau of Land Management says an evacuation center is set up at the Douglas County Community Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, in Gardnerville (775) 783-6455.

Large animals can be taken to the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Pinenut Road in Gardnerville (775) 782-9840. Smaller animals (cats/dogs) can be taken to the Community Center where a trailer will be set up to kennel smaller animals.

As of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, 12 engines, 18 aircraft and 300 people were fighting the fire.

The fire is about four miles southeast of the Lahontan Fish Hatchery.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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