Facilities Reopen in Great Basin National Park After Strawberry Fire
The Wheeler Peak Campground is scheduled to reopen on Monday, August 22, at NOON. The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive in Great Basin National Park opened at 6am on August 19, 2016. These facilities were... more
Great Basin National Park, NV— The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive in Great Basin National Park opened at 6am on August 19, 2016. The Wheeler Peak Campground is scheduled to open at NOON on August 22, 2016
Weakened trees, loose and rolling material, undetected stump holes, and still-burning material from the recent fire activity can be pose a threat to public safety. The Strawberry Creek Road at the park boundary, and burned areas of Strawberry Canyon are closed until further notice. Park staff will continue to assess conditions and will reopen these areas when it is safe to do so. Visitors may see smoke within the fire perimeter as unburned islands of vegetation continue to smolder. Please see www.nps.gov/GRBA for updated information.
Baker Creek, Grey Cliffs and Lower Lehman Campground and the Lehman Caves Visitor Center are open. Cave tours and other special events will continue as planned.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday August 08th, 2016 approx. 12:30 PM|
|Location||Three miles northwest of Great Basin National Park visitor center, five miles west of Baker, Nevada.|
|Incident Commander||Type 3 Team (Tye Mizer)|
|Incident Description||Wildfire Five Miles West Of Baker, Nevada.|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday August 19th, 2016 approx. 06:00 PM|
Timber, brush and short grass. The primary carrier of the fire is white fir with a mix of pinion-juniper and sagebrush.
Minimal fire activity is being observed, with interior vegetation continuing to smolder. Closures remain in place for public safety.
CA BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response Team) is in place to assess fire effects and repair needs. Crews will continue to patrol the fire perimeter, and to repair fire lines constructed during the suppression efforts.
|Projected Incident Activity|
The fire has burned onto three different jurisdiction boundaries, Great Basin National Park, White Pine County and BLM Ely District. Acres are as follows: National Park Service 2,805, BLM 1,783, and 69 White Pine County.
Dry air is in place and will remain in place through the weekend producing relative humidities in the single digits. A small chance of thunderstorms will continue through the entire forecast period with a minimal chance of wetting rain.