With the exceptions of some intense grassland fires up north of Reno, we’ve had a pretty calm fire season so far. But today the passing thunderstorms seem to have set off two fires simultaneously, both in the vicinity of the Smith Valley, to the east of us.
The Pine Nut fire is burning on the slopes of Mineral Peak, which is almost directly east of Johnson Lane. And the Boulder fire is close to Wilson Canyon, which is the canyon you pass through when you drive between Wellington and Yerington. Firefighters are on the scene of both fires, which at last report were both under 100 acres, and I’ve seen a couple of fire bombers in the air on their way to the scene. So hopefully these fires will get knocked down before they manage to grow very much bigger.