UPDATE 8:45 a.m. Saturday: According to Carson City Fire Chief Sean Slamon, crews are still at the scene of the Prison Hill fire, but the blaze is under control. Ground crews are currently dealing with hot spots before the afternoon winds pick up and cause further blowouts.
At the height of the fire, 80 to 90 firefighters were on the scene, including staff on standby who were called in to help.
Roads near the fire will reopen soon, Slamon said.
Two helicopters helped the ground crews, and Carson Fire “received a lot of help from our neighbors,” Slamon said.
The blaze burning near Brunswick Canyon is on BLM land is under their jurisdiction, Slamon said, while Carson City crews were to prioritize the Prison Hill blaze and its imminent threat to the Buzzy’s Ranch neighborhood.
The Prison Hill fire burned about 200 acres, Slamon said.
Carson Now will continue to update as more information becomes available.
UPDATE 7:45 p.m.; Carson River Road is closed at 5th Street. Please stay out of the area to keep the fire accessible to ground crews.
UPDATE 7:01 PM: Ground crews are in the hills as helicopters continue to attack the blaze from above.
UPDATE 5:57 PM: The rain has set in. Thunder and lightning always happen.
UPDATE 5:44 pm: Voluntary evacuations underway for Gentry.
UPDATE 5:35 PM: Another fire is fighting near Deer Run Road.
UPDATE 5:31 PM: Helicopters lend a hand over the Prison Hill fire.
UPDATE 5:17: A brush fire was reported at 5:17 p.m. east of 1677 Quail Lane in Carson City on a hill.
The blaze, which is believed to spread rapidly, was caused by lightning.
First responders are dispatched to the region.
UPDATE 5:03 PM: Carson River Road is closed from Fifth Street to Buzzy’s Ranch Road. In addition, no one is allowed to enter the area, including residents.
UPDATE 4:56 PM: Fairview Drive is closed south of the roundabout and north of the State Prison.
UPDATE 4:52 PM: First responders are on site struggling to get to the top of Prison Hill where the fire is located. The flames are moving east and no structures are reported to be in ruins at this time.
Just after 4:45 p.m., a brush fire was reported on Prison Hill in Carson City.
First responders are on their way to Prison Hill. It is reported to be burning at the top of the mountain.