Fire officials believe a semi-tractor trailer truck failure’s exhaust system failure on Highway 395 caused the 18,340-acre Numbers Fire last week.
This possible failure allowed hot particles to be discharged along the highway right-of-way, igniting dry grass and brush, according to a press statement from the East Fork Fire Protection District and Bureau of Land Management Monday.
The fire, which burned three structures and 37 outbuildings, reached 98 percent containment Monday.
Around 6:50 p.m. July 6, the Numbers Fire was detected near the Pine View Estates area, south of Gardnerville and several fires along Highway 395 are believed to be related to the Numbers Fire.
Investigators with the East Fork Fire Protection District, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service worked over the past week to determine the origin and cause of the fires.
Anyone who may have additional information about a semi-tractor trailer truck seen on Highway 395 heading south at around 6:45 p.m. on July 6, in the area of the Numbers Fire, is asked to contact officials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chelcey Adami is the visuals and breaking news editor at the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be reached at email@example.com and 831-277-8763. To support local journalism like this, please subscribe.