The Martin Fire is the largest fire currently in the United States at 686 square miles or 439,230 acres. This human caused fire, which is 57 miles long and 31 miles wide, is now 48% contained, thanks to the efforts of past and current wild land fire fighters and aerial support. There are currently 635 personnel battling the blaze: 17 hand crews,9 helicopters, 25 engines, 10 water tenders and 8 dozers.
The main fuels for the fire include sage brush and grasses. The invasive species cheatgrass is at 200% of normal levels and is cured (dried). There is approximately 2.5 tons per acre.
Eastern Edge: The south fork of the Owyhee River is the current eastern boundary and resources are monitoring the scene closely to ensure it doesn’t cross the river. Efforts are also underway to start mopping up and keeping what fires are still in the area from igniting unburned spots within the boundary.
Western Edge: A small group of fire fighters worked through the night to extend firelines along the northern, southern, and western edges in terrain that is too rough for dozers to safely operate.
Current restrictions: There is a temporary no flight zone over the Martin Fire. The Wilson Campground and Reservoir are temporarily closed to the public due to fire suppression efforts.
Public Meetings: Two public meeting will be held tonight starting at 5 PM in both Winnemucca and Elko to update the communities on the most current fire situation. The meeting in Winnemucca will be held at the Humboldt County Commissioner’s building and Elko will be held at the BLM Elko District Office.
Information in this article was provided by the BLM and Inciweb.