Poop burning camping mishap ends in fast-spreading fire
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10:41 AM - Voluntary evacuations were issued in Carson City, Nevada after a pair of campers attempting to burn human waste in a hole started a fast-spreading fire.
According to local media, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said the fire was expected to continue to burn into Friday evening.
Video of the fire from a Nevada Seismological Laboratory camera has been released, showing the fire on a hillside above Carson City Tuesday evening.
Furlong said the two campers have been detained by local authorities.
As of Wednesday night, the fire stretched about 504-acres, or 0.79-square miles, and was 30% contained, according to the Incident Information System for the Voltaire Fire. A total of 228 fire personnel were on the scene.
The fire was not expected to spread any further, added officials.
Voluntary evacuations were lifted at approximately 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Residents were advised to avoid outdoor burning across a large swath of the Southwest where critical fire weather was ongoing Thursday. Fierce wind gusts and brutally bone-dry conditions across a five-state region have been fuelling several unrelenting wildfires this month -- and have forced thousands of residents to flee their homes.
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With files from Inciweb