Bison Fire containment now at 80 percent

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

3 Dozers

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 for further information

Fire information will continue to be updated at,, 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.

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