Start Date: July 5, 2018 Cause: Under investigation Fuels: Grass, sage brush & small stands of timber
Acres: 425,000 (664 square miles-estimated) Percent Contained: 35% Total number of personnel: 634
What happened today: Day operations personnel continue making progress constructing containment lines in an easterly direction along the southern side of the fire. Crews were successful in halting the fire on its eastern edge. The northern side of the fire continues to be the main focus of suppression operations with fire managers utilizing hand crews, bulldozers, air tankers and super scoopers. Good progress was made today and crews will continue night operations in an effort to gain more containment. Fire managers continue with a 24-hour/day strategy for fighting this fire, running both day and night operations. Above-normal temperatures, single-digit humidity, and gusty SW winds will continue to challenge firefighters. The western side of the fire has been mostly contained except for a small active area that crews and helicopters have been working.
Current Situation: Crews have completed containment line on the fire’s south and most of the west side near Paradise Valley. Firefighters will be working tonight on the small active area on the west flank and expect containment of that area by morning. Firefighters continue to secure lines on the northwest portion of the fire and are now concentrating suppression efforts along the active northern flank as well the southeast area. Hot Shot crews “spiking” or camping near the line will not be there tonight as that part of the fire will be in patrol status. Night crews are advancing containment lines on the southeast part of the fire.
Crews and equipment are making excellent progress building containment lines toward the southeast end of the fire. Due to a moderation of windy conditions, crews have been able to make good progress extending containment lines.
Beth Lund’s Type I Great Basin Management Team #1 will assume command of suppression operations on the eastern side of the fire in Elko County, starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Their Incident Command Post is located in Owyhee. Taiga Rohrer’s Type II Great Basin Incident Management Team will continue to manage suppression operations on the west side from the Incident Command Post in Paradise Valley.
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Resources: Crews 17, Helicopters 9, Engines 25, Dozers 8, Water Tenders 10, and Total Personnel 634.
Aerial Resources Assigned: 2 VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers), 2 CL-415 Large Water Scooping Aircraft, several heavy air tankers, 7 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 3Heavy Helicopters, 3 Medium Helicopter, 3 Light Helicopters, & 1 Air Attack to coordinate all aerial operations.3