Cold Springs Fire 100 percent contained; cause of fire released
Officials on Sunday say that a truck towing a trailer sparked a brush fire south of Cold Springs that was 100 percent contained Saturday, July 15.
Bureau of Land Management ranger and fire investigator Scott Fischer says a firefighter saw a truck traveling on a highway with sparks shooting from the back of the vehicle on Friday, before the Cold Springs fire started. He says the sparks led to at least seven fires over about a half-mile (0.8 kilometers).
The fire burned 1,523 acres before crews reached full containment.
A spokesperson for the BLM said the driver and vehicle have not been identified. Officials are looking for the witnesses who tried to alert the driver of the sparks.
At around 8:15 p.m. Friday, July 15, all evacuations and road closures in the area were lifted. No residences were lost, officials say.
Washoe County Sheriff's Office had previously assisted with evacuations in the area of Crystal Canyon, White Lake Parkway, and Silver Knolls.
The Cold Springs Fire had threatened 250 homes and seven businesses. In total, 10,000 residents were affected at one point, according to Washoe County.
In addition, large animal evacuations were being taken to O'Brien Middle School, according to Truckee Meadows Fire.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that it has authorized federal funds to help with Nevada agencies to combat the Cold Springs Fire.
A regional administrator determined the fire threatened significant destruction, approving the state's request on Friday, July 14. Fire Management Assistance Grants can provide federal funding for up to 75 percent of eligible firefight costs, according to a statement from FEMA, though no exact amount of funding has been released.
US-395 reopened in both directions Friday evening after being closed for more than two hours, according to NHP.
In addition, north and south Redrock Blvd. was reopened to residents, with checkpoints at Longhorn and Redrock, as well as Silver Knolls and the airport.
Sierra Front estimates the Cold Springs Fire has burned approximately 1,523 acres as of 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15.
Great Basin Water Co. is lifting its precautionary water conservation notification for Cold Springs after regaining power. The water company was without power at multiple well sites due to the fire.
According to NV Energy, power has been restored to all customers affected by the Cold Springs Fire. At one point, nearly 4,000 customers were without power.
According to Sierra Front, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Truckee Meadows Fire crews are on scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.