by Sgt. Pat Brooks, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
UPDATE 12:45 p.m., Friday:
The Bison Fire has grown to 1,400 acres in size with 20 percent containment at this time. No structures have been damaged and no injuries reported, however the fire has shifted due to the winds coming from the southwest and pushing fire to the north –northeast. 350 firefighters are currently working the fire in addition to three helicopters, five single engine air tankers, an air attack plane and four dozers.
The fire is burning in a mix of Pinion and Juniper Trees with extreme fire conditions.
The fire is still in a unified command with East Fork Fire and Paramedic District and BLM, however will transition to a Sierra Front Team tomorrow at 6 a.m.
Update, 7:25 a.m.:
We’ll start off with the news today. As of 6 a.m. today, the Bison Fire in the Pinenuts was set at 1200 acres in size with 15 percent containment, according the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Pat Brooks.
He went on to report that no structures have been damaged and no injuries reported. Approximately 220 firefighters are working this blaze.
The plan has been outlined and, has identified major hazards and risks to fire fighters working this fire. These risks are, but not limited to: working in hot weather conditions with lower humidity and the potential for higher winds later today, extremely dry fuels and extreme fire behavior, unidentified mines and steep terrain.
The plan objectives to fighting this fire are, safety of all personnel assigned to this incident, minimize fire impacts to structures in the area, minimize fire impacts to the Bi-State Sage Grouse habitat and using air support early.
The fire crews are going to make a significant effort early this morning in anticipation to the predicted wind event later today.
Hand crews monitored the fire through the night, though the fire had moved from the previously threatened structures; however fire crews were monitoring this area should the fire shift back towards the structures. The fire was headed toward the old Ray May and Preacher fires. The direction of the fire has been in a south to southeast direction.
UPDATE THURSDAY NIGHT: No structures have been damaged. No injuries reported. Additional resources have been ordered to assist, however due to other fires in the region and the Fourth of July festivities, firefighting resources have been stretched thin.
Firefighting efforts are in a unified command with East Fork Fire and Paramedic Districts and BLM.
Current resources committed to this fire:
2 air tankers
3 water tenders
At this time 20 residents have been either evacuated or have been asked to evacuate. Additional crews have been ordered.