Chestnut Fire, Austin Ranger District: located about 5 miles due east of Gabbs in the Paradise Mountain Range, started by lightning on Sunday at around 2:30 p.m., burning in primarily pinyon pine, has 135 firefighters, it’s a little on the Carson BLM and mostly on the Austin RD, Hwy 844 is closed, a Type 2 Incident Command Team, Incident Commander, Barbara Day, began managing the fire at 11 a.m. today, no estimate of containment or control, no sage grouse habitat has been impacted, safety concerns for the firefighters include open mines and mine shafts, and the Incident Command Post is located at the Gabbs’ school. A fire information line will be up shortly, and that number will be sent to you.
White Pine Fire, Ely Ranger District, last night’s information:
- The fire is 1,292 acres.
- Fire behavior has been minimal, no apparent perimeter growth. There were three distinct smokes on the fire today.
- Fire behavior is creeping and smoldering with smoke being observed in the interior of the fire. Remainder of the perimeter is inactive, however one smoke is in steep terrain and presents some limited rollout potential.
- The fire received no precipitation today.
- No sage grouse habitat or cultural sites have been impacted.
- Engine 441 from the Dixie NF is managing the fire.
- Amery Sifre will resume as Agency Administrator on 8/20/13.
The Sierra Front
Mike Brown Team
Public Information Officer
Cell (775) 461-6200
August 20, 2013
Date Started: 8/17/2013
Total Personnel: 218
Threatened Residential Structures: 15
Threatened Commercial Structures: 100
Size: 12,600 acres
Percent Contained: 15%
Resources: 3 Helicopters; 6 Fixed Wing
9 Engines; 6 Crews; 3 Water Tenders; 2 Dozers
Injuries to Date: 0
Weather Helps Crews Make Progress on Fire Containment
MINERAL COUNTY, NV/MONO COUNTY, CA-The Spring Peak Fire is approximately 12,600 acres. The old Aurora town site and cemetery has been protected, while crews now focus their efforts on Bodie State Park. The fire is still three miles from Bodie, and the Bodie State Park historical area will remain closed, as firefighters work in the area. The historical areas surrounding Aurora, including the cemetery, were not compromised by the fire. However, the area east of Esmeralda mine may have been affected. Throughout the night, crews continued to monitor the fire situation in the area. Firefighters reported a smoke haze overnight with minimal fire activity.
Today, firefighters continue to establish perimeter control lines with aircraft bucket work persisting throughout the day. Today the crews will focus on building containment lines in an effort to protect Bodie. The Mineral County and State of Nevada communications site will be assessed today for any damage. In addition, bi-state sage grouse habitats are still of utmost concern. Firefighters have been faced with steep, rocky terrain and changing wind conditions making it a difficult fire to contain. Fire crews will be faced with wind gusts up to 25 mph, and a temperature of 83 degrees. There are still no injuries reported.
Onlookers are asked to stay out of the area so fire crews can safely conduct operations. As a reminder, drivers having to travel on the roadways near the fire are asked to use extra caution as crews and apparatus are still actively working. For the most up to date information visit the Sierra Front Wildland Cooperators Facebook page.
Residents are urged to take precautions to avoid health problems related to the smoky conditions caused by the fire. Examples of precautions include: limiting outdoor activities and remain in an air-conditioned environment if possible; if you do not have an air conditioner and if smoke is likely to get inside your house, leave the area until the smoke is completely gone; avoid activities that put extra demand on your lungs and heart; contact your medical provider if you are concerned or your health gets worse. Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have heart or lung disease, or other pre-existing respiratory conditions such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.