Fire burning east of Dayton

About 20 acres of sagebrush, piñon and juniper were quickly consumed Tuesday afternoon by a wildfire on the backside of Rawe Peak in the Como mining area, a Sierra Front fire dispatch official said.

No structures were immediately threatened by the wildfire, which was sparked at about 4:41 p.m., according to Sierra Front dispatcher Charles Meeks. Firefighters responded with one air attack soon after the blaze started. No road closures were reported. Crews' efforts were hampered by strong winds.

"It has a fairly large amount of resources - six or eight engines, five to six hand crews, four air tankers, one helicopter and one water tender," Meeks said.

As of 6 p.m., flames were traveling at a moderate rate of speed, and there was no estimate of containment as of 7:30.


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