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Goshute Cave Fire

Unit Information

Ely District Office
Bureau of Land Management
HC 33 Box 33500 Ely NV 89301-9408 Nevada
Ely, NV 89301

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The Bureau of Land Management Ely District Thursday fully contained the 32,215-acre Goshute Cave Fire, about 55 miles north of Ely, Nev., but hazards remain and people are encouraged to stay out of the fire area.

Hazards include rocks and debris that can rapidly roll downhill without warning due to loosened soils caused by a lack of vegetation. Burned trees can instantly fall, in whole or part. Either occurrence can result in serious injury or death. Undetectable and oft-times deep holes containing still-smoldering material can cause serious burns and other injuries if stepped in and rain or snow on loosened soils can result in mud and debris flowing miles downstream from the fire area creating hazardous road conditions.

The lightning-ignited fire that was first reported on August 13 burned in and outside the Goshute Canyon Wilderness in White Pine and Elko counties.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 13th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
Location55 miles north of Ely, Nev., in the Cherry Creek Range
Incident CommanderTruett Anderson, Type 4 IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates40.063 latitude, -114.846 longitude

Current Situation

Size32,215 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 11th, 2018 approx. 08:00 PM
Fuels Involved

The primary carrier of the fire is white fir, limber pine, and mountain mahogany at the higher elevations.

Significant Events

Minimal creeping and smoldering.


Projected Incident Activity

No further activity or growth expected.


Approximately 13,088 acres of BLM Elko District administered lands and 19,127 acres of BLM Ely District administered lands are within the fire perimeter. Private land acres have not yet been separated out.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire scar over the past 10 days (10/1-10/10) has received 1.6 inches of precipitation. Over the same 10-day period, the relative humidity has been as high as 99%. Temperatures have ranged from a high of 59 degrees and a low of 26 degrees. Fuel temperatures have ranged from 68 degrees for a high and 26 degrees for a low. Fuel moisture over the 10-day period have been as high as 24.7%.