Tuesday Fire Updates: Bison and Kyburz

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Tuesday Fire Updates: Bison and Kyburz


A Tuesday morning update on the Bison Fire and the Kyburz Fire.

Update 6PM


Lyon County has called for voluntary evacuations near the Pipeline Canyon area because of the Bison fire. Sheriff's officers are going door to door encouraging residents to leave.

The evacuation area includes the northwest portion of Smith Valley, north of Farias Wheel Airport and west of Upper Colony Road. The county has set up a temporary shelter at the Smith Valley Baptist Church on Hudson Way.

The Lyon County Volunteer Rescue Group and the NV Department of Agriculture will be available to move large animals if necessary




Update 2PM

The wildfire near Gardnerville, known as the Bison fire, has now consumed nearly 26,000 acres. The fire has grown from its size of 21,000 acres Monday night, with most of that acreage increase on the northern side.

The Kyburz Fire, west of Lake Tahoe near the small mountain town of Kyburz, California, has burned 615 acres and remains at 40% containment.

Update 8AM

The Kyburz Fire is now 40% contained.


Firefighters say they've made steady progress against the massive fire near Gardnerville, known as the Bison Fire. That's despite the fact that the blaze has actually grown to more than 21,000 acres since Sunday evening. Almost all of the increase has taken place on the north side of the fire, which is still south of Reno.

The fire is now 25 percent contained, and authorities says they expect to have it fully contained by July 14th. There are plans to bring additional ground resources to the north end of the fire today, if it continues to grow in that direction.

Approximately 720 firefighters are assigned to the fire. Governor Brian Sandoval has been briefed on the risks. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has declared a state of emergency, which allows the County to request additional State resources and assistance, as well as federal assistance, should the Governor deem a State of Emergency for the entire state.

Officials say the Pine Nut Mountains have never experienced a wildfire of this magnitude and erratic winds since the 4th of July, when the fire first started up, have led to the fire practically doubling in size since Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Kyburz Fire, which is west of Lake Tahoe, has burned at least 160 acres as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Earlier in the evening yesterday, officials put the size of the flame at 600 acres and then revised it down. US 50 was closed for a portion of the afternoon. The fire was reportedly sparked by a blown tire. 

Folks in Reno/Sparks and Lyon County should expect to see haze and smoke from those fires settle over the region today.

Updates on the Kyburz Fire can be found at the U.S. Forest Service website. Currently, there's 1-way controlled traffic on US-50, from 5.5 miles east of Riverton to 1.5 miles west of Kyburz in El Dorado County.