Topaz Ranch Estates Fire Update as of Saturday Morning, 7,500 Acres, 85% Contained

TRE Fire Update

May 26, 2012 0800

   Douglas County, Nevada





Date Started: 5/22/2012

Cause:  Under Investigation

Total Personnel215

Residences: 0 threatened, 2 destroyed

Size: 7,500 acres Commercial Property: 0 threatened; 0 destroyed
Percent Contained:  85%

Resources: 2 Helicopters;

7 Engines; 7 Crews; 1 Dozers

Outbuildings: 0 threatened; 17 destroyed

Injuries to Date: 0


The Topaz Ranch Estates Fire is burning west of Rickey Canyon, in the Pinenut Mountain Range, northwest of Wellington, Nevada.


Update (05/26/12, 8:00 a.m.):

The Topaz Ranch Estates (T.R.E.) fire has burned about 7,500 acres with an estimated containment of 85%.  There has not been any growth in the fire’s perimeter today. No additional structures have been burned or lost.


Firefighters will have an advantage today with cooler weather and precipitation. Crews have worked very hard during the unseasonably cold weather to improve the fire line and mop up. As the firefighters move around the fire they will mop up about 100 to 300 feet in to put out any hot spots.  Smoke may be visible from the fire area, as islands of green fuels may continue to burn out. Continued efforts will be focused on containment Sunday, May 27, 2012.


The fire remains on the mountain side, west of Smith Valley residences and northwest of Wellington, Nevada. The fire is about ¾ of a mile west of Taylor Hill and a mile north of State Route 208. 


Around 215 firefighters and personnel from local, state and federal agencies have been assigned to this fire.

When traveling along State Route 208 please use extreme caution with the heavy equipment that is using the road. Pulling off the road along the main route is not suggested and law enforcement will be in the area to keep normal traffic flow.


No injuries have been reported. The cost for fighting the fire to date is estimated to be $2.5 million.


Use extreme caution while recreating throughout the weekend. Very, high fire danger is a potential with the dry brush in the northern Sierra Mountain area. Please be responsible with campfires.  Never leave it unattended and always ensure it is extinguished completely, cold to the touch.


Closures and Restrictions:

Bureau of Land of Management, Carson District Office, will begin fire restrictions May 29, 2012. Burning outside of a designated campfire ring is prohibited. Call BLM for more information, Lisa Ross (775) 885-6107.