Plumas County forest fire northwest of 80 percent contained

Apr 15, 2015 10:13 AM by News Staff

More than 150 firefighters have contained more than two-thirds of a 157-acre wildfire in PLumas County that has been burning since Monday but threatens no homes on the edge of the Plumas National Forest about 80 miles northwest of Reno.

Forest Service spokeswoman Lee Anne Schramel said late Tuesday there's no report of injuries from the blaze that's burning in a heavily forested, rural area near Genesee Valley 10 miles southeast of Taylorsville.

The fire started on private land about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Strong winds pushed it onto the national forest.

Schramel said the winds died down and were virtually "non-existent" after crews completed a flight over the area Tuesday afternoon. They estimated containment at 80 percent with full containment expected Wednesday.

Schramel says lightning didn't start the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

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