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Bain fire about half contained
by Tribune Staff
Jul 31, 2011 | 1925 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Laura Warren
The Bain fire pours smoke into the sky Saturday night, as seen from above the Sparks train yard below John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
Tribune/Laura Warren The Bain fire pours smoke into the sky Saturday night, as seen from above the Sparks train yard below John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
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RENO — The Bain fire near Geiger Grade and Toll Road was 40 percent contained and estimated at 577 acres in size, according to a press release sent about 6:15 p.m Sunday.

Firefighters focused Sunday on containment line construction along the west and southeast flanks. Crews continued to hold north and south slope containment lines along with completing burnout in the northwest corner of the fire. Air crews played a significant role by keeping the fire from spreading further.

Firefighters have battled steep, rocky terrain, changing wind conditions and high cheatgrass, making it a difficult fire to contain, according to the report. If weather conditions continue to cooperate, full containment is expected on Tuesday.

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.

All road closures and traffic controls have been lifted in the area of the fire. Drivers are still asked to use caution if having to travel on roadways near the fire as crews and apparatus are still actively working. Onlookers are asked to stay out of the area for the safety of themselves and personnel. The dirt, unimproved area of Toll Road had to be closed for a time on Sunday due to onlookers.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Bain fire was transitioned to Incident Commander Paul Washam of the Sierra Front Incident Management Team, a Type 3 Team. The previous Incident Commander was Mike Brown.

Two-hundred eighty three total personnel are working on the fire, including ground and air crews.

The Bain Fire started at 3:42 p.m. Saturday. Reno Fire Department investigators say the fire was human caused. The investigation is ongoing as fire investigators continue questioning witnesses and suspects.
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