Monarch Fire

Update #3 (June 29, 2020)

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2020

Monarch Fire Final Update

Contact:  Sierra Front Management Team 1, Lisa Herron 530-721-3898

GARDNERVILLE, Nev., June 28, 2020 – The Monarch Fire is 97 percent contained and the fire is 2,324 acres. Despite strong winds in the area, minimal fire activity was reported last night and mop up efforts are underway and suppression repair efforts have also begun. The Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) will begin demobilization activities and return the incident to the local unit tomorrow, June 29, 2020. Critical fire weather will continue through late afternoon today and the Red Flag Warning expires at 11 p.m.

No closures are in place and no injuries have been reported. The fire was reported at 12:41 p.m. on June 24, 2020 and is believed to have been caused by lightning.

Yesterday, the IMT began sharing resources with agencies’ initial attack on several new fire starts in the region and will continue to release resources as they become available so they may respond to other incidents throughout the region.

Responding agencies included Bureau of Land Management, Central Lyon County Fire Protection District, East Fork Fire Protection District, Lyon County Fire Protection District, Nevada Division of Forestry, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, North Lyon County Fire Protection District, Reno Fire Department, Story County Fire Protection District, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Update #2 (June 25, 2020)

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Contact: Sierra Front Management Team 1, Lisa Herron 530-721-3898

GARDNERVILLE, Nev., June 25, 2020 – Yesterday afternoon, June 24, 2020, multiple firefighting agencies responded to a wildland fire burning in the Pine Nut Mountains east of Gardnerville, Nevada. The Monarch Fire was reported at 12:41 p.m. and is burning three miles south of Sierra Spirit Ranch in Douglas County. 
Pine Nut Road 2 is closed to through traffic. As of this morning June 25, the wildfire is approximately 2,500 acres, burning in Pinyon Pine and tall grass and is currently five percent contained. No structures are immediately threatened at this time and the fire is believed to be lightning caused from the previous day.
Responding agencies include East Fork, Central Lyon, North Lake Tahoe, North Lyon, Story County, Tahoe Douglas and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection Districts, Reno Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. 

Update #1 (June 24, 2020)

Several agencies including Bureau of Land Management, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, East Fork Fire, the US Forrest Service and the Nevada Division of Forestry are currently responding to the Monarch Fire a Brush fire in the Fish Springs Pinenut Creek Rd area. No structures are threatened at this time. 

Douglas County is asking the public to please stay aware of your surroundings. The fire is moving possibly East of community. Stay aware and alert in the event of wind changes. The fire is currently estimated to be around 200 acres. (subject to change)

Please Call 911 if you need help. We have sent out a cell phone message to those in the area but you may also receive the alert in other areas in the valley. 

As a reminder, please make sure your cell phone is signed up for our reverse 911 emergency alert notification system. You can register your cell phone here 

We will continue to update you as the information becomes available.