Bison fire crests Mount Siegal

Photo by Kristin Ridley A view of the Bison Fire from the end of Mary Jo Drive in the Ranchos Friday night.
Photo by Kristin Ridley
A view of the Bison Fire from the end of Mary Jo Drive in the Ranchos Friday night.

UPDATE: Saturday, 11:30 a.m., from Lisa Ross, BLM

Date Started: 7/04/2013

Cause:  Lightning

Total Personnel: 385

Residences: 20 threatened, 0 destroyed

Size: 7,000 acres Commercial Property: 0 threatened; 0 destroyed
Percent Contained:  20%

Resources: 7 Airtankers  3 Helicopters;

18 Engines; 9 Crews; 4 Water Tenders

4 Dozers

Outbuildings: 0 threatened; 0 destroyed

Injuries to Date: None

Sustained winds challenge fire crews working on Bison Fire

Gardnerville, NV—Sierra Front Management Type III Team, operating under Incident Commander Paul Washam, reports that the Bison Fire has grown to over 7,000 acres.  High sustained winds and very low humidity have made the fire extremely difficult to contain.  An increasing number of fire crews and equipment will continue today to build containment lines, with an emphasis on firefighter safety and minimizing impacts to structures.  The fire is now 20-percent contained.

The fire has been pushed by steady winds primarily northeast and has moved over the crest of the Pine Nut Mountains in two spots south of Mt. Siegel.   Contingency plans are in place for positioning of both air and ground resources should the fire move farther east.

A portable Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) base has been established at the Minden/Tahoe Airport to service five SEAT aircraft working the fire.   Two Cal Fire S-2 Air Tankers will be operating out of the Stead Air Tanker Base.

Fire officials continue to coordinate with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Washoe Tribe as significant cultural resources are threatened.  They are also coordinating with the

Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) due to the severe threat the fire is posing to highly critical Sage Grouse habitat in Pine Nut Mountains.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.

Pine Nut Road remains closed at the intersection of Out-R-Way to non-residents.  There is still a voluntary evacuation notice for about 20 residences in the area.

Due to the complex nature of this fire, the Great Basin Type II Incident Management Team (Whalen) has been ordered.



by Sgt. Pat Brooks, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

The Bison Fire has grown to 2,000-plus acres in size with 20 percent containment at this time. Due to the change in the wind direction the 20 structures have been threatened again by the fire.

Heavy winds in the upper elevations have prevented the use of aircraft in certain locations. These winds have fueled this fire making for extreme fire behavior and very dangerous situations.

The fire has crested the ridge south of Mount Siegal (tallest peak East of Gardnerville).

Additional resources have been ordered and the Sierra Front Type 3 Team transitioned into command this morning. A Great Basin Type 2 Team has been ordered to manage the fire on Sunday. A type 2 team was ordered due to the complexity of this fire.

Pine Nut Road at Out-R-Way has been closed to non-residents until further notice.

At this time no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported.

For more information go to or call 775-782-1428. Also, information is being posted on Sierra Front Wild Fire Cooperators, Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Ron Harpin View of the Bison Fire at 10 p.m. Friday night
Photo courtesy of Ron Harpin
View of the Bison Fire at 10 p.m. Friday night

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