Updates On North Fire Near Hallelujah Junction

Aug 5, 2020

As of 4:10 p.m. on August 6, 2020, KUNR is no longer actively updating this post. For the latest updates on this fire, follow the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District on Twitter @TMFPD or search Twitter for #NorthFire.

4:08 p.m. | Aug. 6, 2020

The North Fire near Hallelujah Junction is 70 percent contained according to the Bureau of Land Management and has consumed more than 6,800 acres. Crews are continuing to put out any remaining hot spots and patrolling the area, according to InciWeb.

There are no evacuations and Highway 395 remains open.

 

10:50 a.m. | Aug. 5, 2020

The North Fire is now at more than 6,900 acres, according to the latest estimate from fire officials. The blaze is 40% contained at this time. Full containment is expected by Saturday.

The fire began Sunday afternoon about two miles north of Hallelujah Junction near the California/Nevada state line.

Wednesday, crews and equipment will use infrared maps to find remaining hot spots and make sure they are put out.

Residents in the Red Rock area can expect to see firefighters, vehicles and equipment along Red Rock Road as firefighters patrol the fire perimeter. 

There are no road closures or delays in place.  

6:50 p.m. | Aug. 4, 2020

The North Fire has grown to 6,910 acres according to the latest estimates. But, containment has also grown to 40%.

The blaze is burning north of Hallelujah Junction. Residents in the Red Rock area can expect fire traffic to continue, as crews move to cleanup efforts for the fire.

Officials estimate the fire will be fully contained by Saturday afternoon.

7:14 p.m. | Aug. 3, 2020

The North Fire, burning near Hallelujah Junction, has grown to nearly 6,600 acres, but some progress has been made on containment. The fire started Sunday near the California/Nevada state line and is 10% percent contained, according to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District as of roughly 5 p.m. Monday.

Evacuations have been lifted for people living in the Rancho Haven area but fire officials want residents to keep their livestock away for at least 24 hours.  

The Reno Livestock Event Center is open for large animal evacuations.

1:39 p.m. | Aug. 3, 2020

The North Fire, burning near Hallelujah Junction has grown to 6,300 acres. 

Evacuations have been lifted for people living in the Rancho Haven area but fire officials want residents to keep their livestock away for at least 24 hours. The Reno Livestock Event Center is open for large animal evacuations.

The fire started Sunday near the California/Nevada state line and is zero percent contained.

Adam Mayberry, communications manager for Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, says rocky terrain and dry conditions are making fighting the fire difficult.

Hand crews hiked in and worked through the night to build fire lines around the blaze. Planes and helicopters are dropping both water and retardant on the fire. Fire crews are currently protecting about a dozen houses in the area. No structures have been lost.

7:38 a.m. | Aug. 3, 2020

Multiple fire agencies are on the scene of the North Fire. It has burned 3,000 acres north of Reno, near US 395 and Hallelujah Junction. Containment was reported at 0 percent as of 7 a.m. Monday.

According to Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, evacuations are in effect for the Rancho Haven Community including: Arabian Way, Thoroughbred Circle, and Rancho Drive south of Shetland Circle.

The evacuation center is at the Washoe Senior Center at 9th and Wells. The Reno Livestock Event Center is open for large animal evacuations. O'Brien Middle School is being used to house travel trailers and RVs.

US 395 was closed for a time at Hallelujah Junction but Caltrans reports it is open Monday morning.

Fire officials want to remind everyone that flying drones over active fires is prohibited.

There were two smaller fires burning near the North Fire. They were the South Fire and the Shoe Tree Fire; both are now contained, according to the Sierra Front dispatch center. 

9:25 p.m. | Aug. 2, 2020

The American Red Cross of Nevada announced on Twitter that they have: opened an evacuation center at the Washoe County Senior Services building on 1155 E 9th Street in Reno for displaced people who need to be sheltered. Large animals can evacuate to the Livestock Events Center at 1350 North Wells Ave.

7:45 p.m. | Aug. 2, 2020

Evacuations are underway for the Rancho Haven Community north of Reno due to the North Fire. The blaze is estimated as 1,500 acres and is burning near U.S. 395 near Hallelujah Junction, according to the Bureau of Land Management, which says multiple agencies are on scene.

The evacuations include: Arabian Way, Thoroughbred Circle, and Rancho Drive south of Shetland Circle. This is according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Evacuees can go to the senior center in Reno at 1001 Ninth Street, which is being used as a check-in center.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District reported earlier that preparations were being made to open the Reno Livestock Events Center for large animal evacuations.

There are two other smaller fires burning near the North Fire. They are the South Fire and the Shoe Tree Fire; both are listed as 5 acres by Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center.