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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2023
Agencies Respond to Wildfire in Pine Nuts Near Smith Valley
Smith, Nevada – On the evening of Tuesday, September 19, 2023, the Smith Valley Fire Protection District (SVFPD), Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and support agencies responded to reports of a wildfire on BLM land in the Pine Nut mountains near Red Canyon in Smith Valley. The fire is estimated to be approximately 10+ acres. Due to the rocky and steep terrain, fire crews are monitoring the spread overnight and have staged resources to begin structure protection efforts in the morning.
As the fire is currently located in Douglas County, this is a multi-jurisdictional response. BLM, NDF, SVFPD, and Lyon County Emergency Management are coordinating with Douglas County Emergency Management and East Fork Fire Protection District.
Lyon County is urging residents and travelers to avoid the area of Sharon Way and Grant Drive in Smith Valley to allow for emergency vehicle access. While there is not an immediate threat to structures at this time, citizens near Red Canyon should remain vigilant and be prepared for potential evacuations by having a family emergency plan in place and gathering essentials such as necessary medications, pets food and important documents. Lyon County will continue to provide updates, in coordination with BLM and Douglas County, on the County website www.lyon-county.org and to the Lyon County Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LyonCountyNV.