Earthstone Fire burning east of Sparks reaches 41,545 acres, 100 percent containment

Earthstone Fire (Photo courtesy: Sacramento Fire Department)

Crews have fully contained a brush fire that first sparked in the area of Belmar and Earthstone drives south of Golden Eagle Regional Park off Los Altos Parkway.

The Earthstone Fire burned a total of 41,454 acres, according to Bureau of Land Management officials.

According to Sparks Fire, the blaze was first reported at about 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 3, and continued moving east toward Patrick and Mustang and over to USA Parkway.

According to the incident management team, Great Basin 6, the cost to fight the fire totals $3.5 million as of Friday, July 7. They add that number is expected to rise in the coming days.

Evacuations were underway Wednesday in the Olinghouse-Hooterville area, two miles north of Wadsworth, Washoe County announced. Crews are planning to patrol and protect the Olinghouse area, according to the BLM.

A Type 2 team assumed command Thursday morning, and crews are planning to work on fire line construction and protecting Interstate 80.

There is no immediate threat to structures, but the fire is about 10 miles west of the Wadsworth area, and residents there were asked to remain vigilant and prepare for any possible evacuations.

Interstate 80 in the area of USA Parkway could be affected from early Wednesday evening into Thursday, July 6, according to Sierra Front.

Both directions of Interstate 80 were already closed from Mustang to Wadsworth due to heavy smoke causing poor visibility on Monday.

The BLM reports 293 people were involved in the response.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. However officials do believe it was human caused due to the fact that there were no downed power lines or lightning in the area.

In a news release Thursday, the Sparks Fire Department said it's looking for a suspect vehicle that left the area where the Earthstone Fire sparked.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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