A forest ranger told the Tribune-Courier the fire broke out at around 2 p.m. today and at this point they are unsure of the origin of the blaze.
Several roads in and around the area are closed due to the fire. Those camping in the Canal Campground have left the area due to heavy smoke which is blanketing the area.
Smoke from the blaze can be seen for miles and calls are being made to 911 call centers in surrounding counties from people reporting heavy smoke coming from the area.
Fire crews from Lyon County, Grand Lakes and Burna, along with the Red Cross, are currently at the scene of the fire.
Officials are asking the public to avoid the area.
The National Weather Service is advising the public there is an EXTREME RISK of fire today due to dry conditions brought on by the drought and low humidity.