|Date Started: 7/04/2013Cause: Lightning||
Total Personnel: 970
Threatened – 98
Destroyed – One old mining structure
|Size: 24,136 acres|
|Percent Contained: 80Resources: 5 Seats 10 Helicopters;
24 Engines; 31 Crews; 9 Water Tenders
|Injuries to Date: Two|
Bison Fire Starts To Release Resources
Update from Dorothy Harvey, BLM
Gardnerville, Nev. – Great Basin Management Type 2 Team 3, operating under Incident Commander Mike Whalen, reports fire fighters have started mopping-up and conducting fire-line rehab. There are still several hot spots that are being worked on the north and southeast edges of the fire. The winds have not been a factor in fire behavior today. The voluntary evacuation order was lifted (about 6:30 p.m.) yesterday and all road closures were lifted at 2:00 p.m. today. The reported size of the fire has gone down due to more accurate mapping.
The fire is now 80-percent contained with a full containment target date of July 14. As the containment percent rises the resources will be released from the Bison fire and made available for other fires.
Approximately 400 fire fighters are working out of the spike camp in Smith Valley. They are working on the east side of the fire.
The number of personnel assigned to the incident is 970. There has been two firefighter injuries (twisted knee and breathing problems) reported.
The cost, to date, of fighting this fire is $5.7 million.
We continue to ask that, for your safety and the safety of the firefighters, the public stay away from the fire area.
No residences were damaged or lost in the Bison fire but to lessen the possibility of your home being damaged in another fire, please clear 30 feet around your residences, “reduce the fuel, reduce the risk.” Go to the Firewise link at www.firewise.org for further information
Fire information will continue to be updated at www.sierrafront.net, www.inciweb.org, and on the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and Douglas County’s pages on Facebook. A fire information phone line is also being staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 775-782-0032. This will be the last evening update from Great Basin Team 3. The morning updates will continue until the incident is completed.