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Willow Creek fire 100 percent contained

Courtesy: BLM

MILL CITY, Nev. – The Willow Creek Fire which started on private land is 100 percent contained and has burned 317 acres.

Aircraft (Helicopters and Single-engine Air Tankers) were effective in holding the fire Tuesday.

“The fire perimeter is 100 percent surrounded with Dozer line and roads. Firefighters will continue gridding and mopping up through the next 24-48 hours” said BLM Winnemucca Fire Management Officer Donovan Walker.  “The crews did an outstanding job hitting this fire hard and worked long hours during that first shift to keep the fire manageable.”

The fire has been managed at the local level under Unified Command between the BLM and Pershing County. The incident continues to be managed with 68 personnel on the fire with 12 Engines, 3 Dozers, 2 Water Tenders and 1 Fire Investigator.  The Willow fire is not expected to grow further and is estimated to be fully controlled and mopped-up by August 9.

Smoke was reported south of Unionville in the Willow Creek area at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Courtesy: Fernando Pitones, Sr., Winnemucca BLM Public Affairs Officer