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Martin Fire Update for the Morning of July 10th

Fire Progression Map

Start Date: July 5, 2018         Cause: Under investigation     Fuels: Grass, sage brush & small stands of timber

Acres:  443,000 (692 square miles-estimated)                 Percent Contained: 35%   Total number of personnel:  634

 What happened overnight: A small contingent of firefighters worked throughout the night to secure and ensure gains made during the day were held.  Hot shot crews spiked out overnight on the western boundary where challenging terrain requires hand lines rather than dozer lines for containment.  Dozers continued to advance lines further along the eastern, northern and southern boundaries.

Current Situation:  Due to the size, complexity and potential for additional large fire movement of the fire, it has been divided into two zones in order to more effectively control it.  As of 6 a.m. this morning, Beth Lund’s Type I Great Basin Management Team #1 has assumed control of the eastern zone of the fire.  Taiga Rohrer’s Type II Great Basin Management Team will continue to manage suppression efforts on the west side from their Incident Command Post in Paradise Valley.

Crews have been able to make significant progress on both the eastern and western flanks and along the northern and southern borders from the west side heading east.  Containment has increased from 8% to 35%.  As the flanks are secured, more resources are available to pinch off the head of the fire.  Resources continue to be mobilized to the Martin Fire from around the country and firefighters are starting to turn the corner on the fire.  Resource management specialists are assessing the impact the fire has had on range allotments, native wildlife, such as, sage grouse, wild horses, water sources, and archeological sites.  Firefighters have reported seeing small herds of wild horses roaming near the fire perimeter in the un-burned areas.  One herd contained 35 animals.

Resources:  Crews 17, Helicopters 9, Engines 25, Dozers 8, Water Tenders 10, and Total Personnel 634.

Courtesy: BLM and Inciweb

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