Red Rock Fire Spans 5,400 Acres

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Red Rock Fire Spans 5,400 Acres

A brush fire that sparked yesterday just north of Hallelujah Junction near Red Rock Road has grown to 5,400 acres.

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center reports that as of noon Tuesday the Red Rock Fire is 35% contained and officials are hoping for full containment by Thursday.

No homes or structures are currently threatened and there are 300 people on scene to battle the flames.

Sierra Front spokesperson Elayn Briggs says that the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona are on everyone’s minds and the tragedy brings a heightened sense of awareness to local fire crews regarding safety issues.

Briggs says the crews are facing several challenges including the ongoing extreme heat, low humidity, chance of thunderstorms, and the potential for gusty winds this afternoon.

Right now, there are multiple fire crews, tankers, engines, and helicopters, on scene and officials have made requests for even more support.

With an ongoing blaze comes the potential for compromised air quality.

Daniel Inouye is acting director for Washoe County's Air Quality Management Division. His office is closely monitoring particulate matter today after receiving reports of smoke and haze due to the fire.

"For this time of year, for fine particulates, this is higher than normal and this is attributed to the Red Rock fire."

The young, elderly, and people with respiratory illnesses should avoid extended exposure to air pollution by staying indoors with air conditioning and avoiding strenuous activity.