Carson City District Office
Bureau of Land Management
5665 Mogan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701
Monday, July 13, 2020
For Immediate Release – East Fork Fire Protection District, Minden, Nevada
Contact: Amy Ray, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, East Fork Fire Protection District, 775-546-3738,
Ryan Elliott, Bureau of Land Management, 775-885-6167
On Monday, July 6, 2020, at approximately 6:50 p.m., the Numbers Fire was detected near the Pine View Estates area, south of Gardnerville, NV. During the investigation, several fires were located along Highway 395 that 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 USDA Forest Service worked together over the past week to determine the origin and cause of these fires.
Investigators have gathered physical evidence that indicates a semi-tractor trailer truck, while operating southbound on Highway 395, most likely experienced a failure in its exhaust system. This possible failure allowed hot particles to be discharged along the highway right-of-way, igniting dry grass and brush.
Any persons 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, 2020, in the area of the Numbers Fire, is encouraged to use the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Numbers Fire has burned 18,340 acres and is 98% contained.