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Owyhee Fire

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Elko District Office
Bureau of Land Management
3900 East Idaho Street Elko NV 89801 Nevada
Elko, NV 89801

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The Owyhee Fire started, July 21 at 9:59 MDT, when a bird hit a powerline and caused sparks which ignited the dry grass. Firefighters were quickly on the scene of the fire which was burning less than a mile outside the town of Owyhee, NV.

On July 27 at 8 p.m. the fire was 100% contained.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseBird Hitting Powerline
Date of OriginSaturday July 21st, 2018 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationIn the town and to the east of the town of Owyhee
Incident CommanderNevada Type 3 Team 2, Carrie Thaler
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates41.949 latitude, -116.098 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel71
Size5,260 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Brush (2 feet) Short Grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Patrol exiting control lines, additional demobilization of resources.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior with backing, creeping, and smoldering, primarily in interior islands. Persistent hot and dry weather continues.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot temperatures in the lower 90s along with drier and more unstable conditions will settle into the area over the weekend. Relative humidity will fall to critical levels each afternoon to around 10% each afternoon. Winds will be gusty at times from the west-northwest Friday but will remain below critical levels. Otherwise, light winds are expected Saturday and Sunday.

Recent Articles

July 28 Update News - 7/28/2018
Fire Update July 27 News - 7/27/2018
July 26, 2018 Update News - 7/26/2018
July 25, 2018 Update News - 7/25/2018

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