Winnemucca, Nev. – Thick brush and high winds have grown the Holloway Fire in northern Nevada and southern Oregon to over 123,000 acres since it was started by a lightning strike on August 5. The fire is located in Humboldt County, Nevada between McDermitt and Denio and in Harney and Malheur Counties in Oregon between Cottonwood Ranch Road and Trout Creek Road and below Whitehorse Ranch Road.
There are currently 210 people assigned to the fire with 8 bulldozers and 6 hand crews on order. The fire is 5 percent contained and the south flank was reported secured as of August 8 but rough terrain is slowing direct attack efforts. The fire is being managed by the Ourada Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team. Aircraft are also assisting with suppression efforts.
“ Our priorities are to maintain firefighter and public safety, protect the communities of Kings River and Denio, private ranches and property as well as distribution infrastructure including fences, power lines, gas lines, substations and communication towers,” said BLM Winnemucca District Manager Gene Seidlitz. “We also want to ensure the protection of critical sage grouse habitat, the Lahontan cutthroat trout and cultural resources in the area.”
Seidlitz added that he recognizes the potential impact to grazing on public lands as a result of the fire and encourages permitees to cut fences, open gates or take other measures to protect their livestock.
BLM officials have also been contacting tribes, communities, permitees, ranch owners, interest groups and others who may be impacted by the fire.
For more information go to http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3113/