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Hiker Gets Up Close With Hunter Falls Fire

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Doran Simonson was on his usual hike on when he practically stumbled into the Hunter Falls Fire. “In fact, the wind was blowing the smoke away from me and you wouldn't even know it was there until you were up on to it because of the terrain.” 

Simonson shot some footage on his iPhone. He said he and several other hikers on the trail weren't worried because they thought the fire was in the Caughlin Ranch area - nowhere near them. But after snapping a few pictures, Simonson decided to play it safe. “I turned around and went back to the waterfall and told people, 'look, it's right over the hill, here' and I started heading down the mountain.”

That's when Simonson ran into Forest Service personnel who - along with Washoe County Search and Rescue - safely evacuated everyone from the area.

Other folks had a bird's eye view of the fire, but that didn't make it any less worrisome. From her home near Peavine Mountain, Lynn Kremers noticed the first flames when they sparked late Saturday night. “It's made us more conscientious up here, my husband and I are going to start clearing more defensible space around our fence.”

By now, everyone has noticed hazy smoke - especially those with asthma and allergies.

"My first thought was, 'okay - here we go, bad air again,'" says preschool teacher Deb Smith, laughing.

Jennifer Lang says she’s trying to avoid being outdoors. “I have my inhaler in my purse, so I'm not going to leave home without it.”

For Doran Simonson, the Hunter Falls trail is his home away from home and he worries about the damage the fire is doing to the forest.

“I see the animals up there, bears on the trail, stuff like that, it's just devastating to see something like that happen.”

Written by Andi Guevara
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