MOUNT WILSON, NV — Lightning ignited the WILSON CREEK FIRE on Saturday evening, May 20th, about 15 miles northeast of Pioche, Nevada in the Ely District Office area.

SIZE UP — 1,536 acres of timber (litter and understory), dormant brush, hardwood slash, and brush. 30% contained. Fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs, uphill runs, group torching.

Wilson Creek Fire
Credit: BLM – Ely District Office

RESOURCES — 3 Type 1 hand crews, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers, with four engines onsite to provide structure support, if needed, and a bulldozer and two water tenders.  One type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter are providing aerial support. 

COMMAND — Harmon, Type 3 IC.

FIRE OPERATIONS (per Fire Managers) — Continue inserting hand crews, supported by aircraft. Building line, both direct and indirect, and mop-up areas that are the greatest threat to the radio communication infrastructure.

Hold the fire to the west on the existing ridgeline that separates Mt. Wilson Peak and the Mt. Wilson residential community through the use of air support and insertion of hand crews.

Establish trigger points for future hand crew and air support needs as fire moves into more favorable terrain on the north end.

The fire has crossed into the Wilson Creek drainage which will allow for better crew access to engage and hold the fire from impacting the Mt. Wilson backcountry byway scenic route.

THREATS — No threats to structures or assets in the fire zone.

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