Wildfire Sit Reps | Nevada | July 22, 2020

This is the Official report of Wildfires that are currently burning, contained or are out on this Wednesday, July 22, 2020, for the State of Nevada.

FIRE FACT | There were 13 new wildfires reported in the last 24 hours. – NIFC

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COTTONWOOD FIRE

USFS – Humboldt-Toiyabe NF. IMT Type 2 (GB Team 6).  35 miles east of Pahrump. Short grass. Moderate fire behavior.  Short runs, creeping and smoldering. Communications infrastructure and structures threatened. Area/roads/trail closures in effect.

Photo Credit | USFS – Humboldt-Toiyabe NF

2,834 acres. 5% contained. Minimal fire growth overnight.  173 personnel. 2 crews, 11 engines and 5 helicopters. $500,000 CTD.

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BIG SUMMIT FIRE

BLM – Ely District.  17 miles NE of Panaca, along the Nevada-Utah state line near Hamilin Valley, Utah.  IMT Type 2 (GB Team 5). Detected 7/13/2020. Timber, brush and short grass.

Minimal fire behavior. Isolated torching and creeping. 100% containment status is due to be reached this evening.  Started in Nevada and quickly burned into the State of Utah.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

Big Summit Fire, July 15

8,461 acres. 91% contained. 473 personnel. 12 crews, 16 engines, 5 helicopters. $6.4 Million CTD.  1 structure lost.  Command will transition back to the District on Thursday under the command of a Type 4 IC.

CEDAR FIRE

Elko County. 15 miles south of Elko. Timber, brush and short grass. Moderate fire behavior.  Single-tree torching and short crown runs. Sage-grouse habitat threatened.

Photo Credit | BLM – Nevada

Firefighters are currently using heavy equipment and air support resources to contain the fire and working towards the objective of reaching a 100% containment status soon.  Continuing fire suppression efforts using direct attack remains fully engaged with ground and air support on the southern portion of fire and patrolling of current contained areas.

Fire is moving away from the Twin Bridges and Lucky Nugget communities.

6,000 acres. 30% contained. 258 personnel. 8 crews, 10 engines and 2 helicopters. $750,000.

STEWART CANYON FIRE

BLM – Ely District.  14 miles east of Alamo and 90 miles north of Las Vegas.  Timber, brush and short grass. Lightning caused. Start 7/19/2020 12:15pm. Minimal fire behavior.  Isolated torching and creeping.  100% containment is expected to be reached on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

12,710 acres. 25% contained. 219 personnel. 5 crews, 12 engines and 5 helicopters. $750,000 CTD.  No private property or structures are threatened.

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SHAFTER FIRE

20 miles NW of Wendover. Elko County.  3,141 acres. 100% contained. 105 personnel with 4 crews, 1 engine and 1 helicopter.  $829,000 CTD.

=== PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ===

DRONES

“Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. In most situations, if drones are spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft must land due to safety concerns. This prolongs firefighting operations; in many cases, wildfires become larger when aircraft are not able to drop fire retardant, water, monitor wildfires from above, or provide tactical information to firefighters. Homes and other values at risk could burn needlessly, firefighters or others could be injured, or worst of all, a fatal accident could occur.” – BLM Fire and Aviation

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HEAT AND YOUR HEALTH

“With temperatures in the high 90’s and low 100’s this weekend, remember to stay hydrated and give yourself a way to stay cool whether you are out working or playing this weekend.  This is to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.” – US NWS – Elko, NV

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