A timelapse of the Monarch Fire near Gardnerville on Wednesday, June 24. Reno Gazette Journal

The Monarch Fire, burning since June 23 in the Pine Nut Mountains near Gardnerville, has been 97 percent contained, according to an incident report this morning from regional fire officials. The reported listed the the fire at 2,324 acres. 

A separate announcement June 27 from regional officials said no injuries had been reported and no structures were immediately threatened. The fire is believed to have been caused by lightning from a thunderstorm that moved through the area on June 23.

Critical fire weather is expected this weekend. The National Weather Service in Reno issued a Red Flag Warning beginning 2 p.m. June 27 and lasting through Sunday night.

POEVILLE FIRE: Fire has grown to 3,500 acres, 8 buildings destroyed; 10% contained


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Johnathan L. Wright is the food and drink editor of RGJ Media, part of the USA Today Network. Join @RGJTaste on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

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