Bison Fire at 8,750 acres

Posted By on July 7, 2013

Photo courtesy of Chris Vallaincourt The Bison Fire at night earlier this weekend

Photo courtesy of Chris Vallaincourt
The Bison Fire at night earlier this weekend

UPDATE: 9 a.m., Monday, by Dorothy Harvey, Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators

Great Basin Management Type II Team, operating under Incident Commander Mike Whalen, reports fire fighters made progress overnight even though the fire remained active.  The fire has been downgraded to 8,750 acres with 15-percent containment after the wind event that occurred yesterday afternoon.  The new containment date is July 14.

The fire was extremely active on the northeast side yesterday afternoon and into the evening.  Contingency plans remain in place for positioning of both air and ground resources should the fire move further to the east.

No injuries have been reported, but the fire ran through the Slate Mine area destroying several old structures.  The number of structures destroyed is not known at this time.

Pine Nut Road remains closed to non-residents at the intersection of Out-R-Way.  A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 structures in the area.

A number of private ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles were seen very close to the fire area.  We ask that, for your safety and the safety of the firefighters, the public stay away from the fire area.

Fire information will continue to be updated at www.sierrafront.net, www.inciweb.org, and on the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and Douglas County’s pages on Facebook.  A fire information phone line is also being staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 775-782-1428.

UPDATE 8:02 a.m., Monday: From inciweb.org

The fire made a significant run on July 7 to the northeast through the Slater Mine area, burning through dense stands of pinyon pine, as well as crossing over the crest of the Pine Nut Range and backing down into the north end of Smith Valley. Contingency plans are in place for positioning of both air and ground resources should the fire continue to move farther east and/or north. A spike camp has been established in the Smith Valley area for incident resources working on the east side of the incident.

There is a diminishing threat to about 20 residences (voluntary evacuations in effect) west of the fire as crews and equipment have secured handlines and are mopping the fire the near the Pinenut Creek area. Pine Nut Mountain Road remains closed east of the intersection of Out-R-Way. Members of the public need to stay away from the fire area. Individuals have been spotted on OHV’s and other vehicles too close to the fire and fire equipment, which can interfere with fire suppression operations.

A portable Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) base has been establishing at the Minden/Tahoe Airport in Douglas County to service up to seven SEAT aircraft working the fire. Four Type 1 heavy air tankers are operating out of the Stead Airport west of Reno. There are also eight helicopters of varying sizes and capabilities dropping water on hotspots, providing medical evacuation if necessary, etc.

The Great Basin Type II Team (IC Whalen) assumed command of the fire on Sunday, July 7 at 6:00 a.m. The Incident Command Post is located at the Douglas County Fairground east of Gardnerville.

Containment is now being estimated for Sunday evening (July 14).

UPDATE: 6:25 p.m. Sunday, from Dorothy Harvey, Great Basin Type II Team

Late afternoon winds are playing havoc with firefighting efforts. The fire is making a run to the northeast and is burning through the Slater Mine Area. Commercial structures have been lost but the number of structures is unknown at this time. Due to the fire behavior, containment has dropped from 30precent to 15 percent.

No injuries have been reported at this time however, firefighters are reporting a large number of local traffic in the area and are asking that if you do not have to be in the area please stay away and stay safe. Watching fire is safer from a distance.

At the moment Pine Nut Road remains closed to non-residents at the intersection of Out-R-Way and more road closures may follow. A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 structures in the area.

Fire information will continue to be updated at http://www.sierrafront.net/, http://www.inciweb.org/, and on the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and Douglas County’s pages on Facebook. A fire information phone line is also being staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 775-782-1428.