RENO (AP) — Firefighting officials said round-the-clock efforts have helped bring the Bain Fire in northern Nevada to 60 percent containment.
That figure is up from 40 percent containment Sunday evening. Firefighter spokesman Mark Regan said crews expect 100 percent containment by Tuesday morning.
The 577-acre fire started Saturday afternoon near Geiger Grade and Toll Road. Investigators said it was caused by humans and they are seeking suspects.
Officials said steep, rocky terrain, wind and cheat grass have made the blaze difficult to control.
No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
Several fire agencies and about 283 total people are working on the fire.
The Sparks Fire Department contributed an engine company for structure protection, water tender apparatus and personnel, and a strike team leader responsible for managing five engines.
“Some of the resources were ordered at different times,” said Sparks fire department spokesman Tom Garrison.
A mutual aid cooperative agreement between the leading firefighting agencies across Washoe County, including the cities of Sparks and Reno, and the Truckee Meadows and Sierra fire protection districts, allows for a coordinated effort to battle brush and wild land fires in the region.
The agreements remove issues of legal liability and allow firefighting resources to be deployed in a more efficient manner, said Sparks battalion chief Andy Koski.
Depending on the specifics of each agreement, one agency will provide personnel and resources without an expectation of financial reimbursement for an allocated amount of time. The hope is that each agency reciprocates in kind.
Multi-jurisdictional fires are common, Koski said, so the agreement applies not only to brush and wild land fires, but also to car accidents and apartment fires where additional resources from multiple agencies can be accessed quickly.
“We work together all the time,” Koski said.
Sparks Tribune reporter Joshua H. Silavent contributed to this report.