Residents will continue to see smoke and fire crews working in the vicinity of the Carter Springs Fire as control is established over the following days.
“Although the fire was considered contained on Monday, all that means is that we have established a line around the fire so it won’t spread any farther,” said Shane McDonald, Fire Management Officer for the Bureau of Land Management’s Carson City District. “Crews will continue to work 300 or more feet inside of the containment line to ensure that the fire is completely out around the perimeter before we consider it controlled.”
Smoke is often visible for days and sometimes weeks after fires are contained. The area is monitored after crews are released to ensure that the fire does not restart. Months after a fire there are potential safety hazards like rocks and soil that were loosened by the fire, dead standing trees or snags that could fall over that visitors should be aware of.
The Carter Springs fire started at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21, on the east side of U.S. Highway 395, approximately five miles south of Gardnerville, Nevada. The fire burned 3,454 acres on primarily BLM-administered public land in the southern Pine Nut Mountains.