A semi truck trailer caught fire on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Valmy and the driver detached the cab of the truck and pulled forward (not pictured) while waiting for emergency responders.
A semi truck trailer caught fire on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 80 near Valmy and the driver detached the cab of the truck and pulled forward (not pictured) while waiting for emergency responders.
On Tuesday afternoon, emergency responders were dispatched to a semi truck fire along I-80 near Valmy. There were no injuries but crews responded to the area at least two additional times throughout the night for flare-ups of the trailer. 

Responding agencies included the Valmy Fire Department, Golconda Fire Department, Battle Mountain Fire Department. 

Officials reported that when emergency responders were on scene later that night, several cars failed to slow down and cones were destroyed by passing vehicles that didn’t slow down. 

Information indicates that the trailer may have been carrying numerous material items and household goods as a shipping contractor. There were no injuries other than the destroyed semi trailer. 

Although the cause of the fire is unknown, officials said that the fire started at the very rear of the trailer, which is indicative of a wheel bearing failure in large semi trucks. 

Monday at approximately 9:57 a.m., Winnemucca Rural Fire Department firefighters were dispatched to mile marker 180 on westbound I-80 to extinguish a small brushfire along the road. The brushfire burned approximately a quarter of an acre, there were no injuries and the cause is unknown. 

On the evening of Friday, January 3, 2020, a fire completely destroyed an abandoned structure approximately 9-10 miles outside Winnemucca along the north side Jungo Road. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

WRFD Chief Torrey Sheen said firefighters were called to respond to an abandoned structure at 4:40 p.m. on Friday. The structure was located in an area of old mining activity. 

When responders arrived, there was a small fire inside the structure, which was extinguished quickly with the rest of the structure intact. Officials stayed on site for 45 minutes to ensure the fire was out and there was no indication of any hotspots. 

At approximately 9:46 p.m. the same night, firefighters were dispatched to the area again and by the time they arrived, the same structure was completely destroyed by fire. 

There were no injuries, the cause of the fire is under investigation and it’s unclear whether foul play was a factor.

Anyone who may have been in the area of the Jungo Road fire on Friday who observed any suspicious activity should call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 775-623-6419 with information.