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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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Incident Contact

Chris Hanefeld
Phone: 775-289-1842
Hours: M-F 9-5p

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The lightning-ignited Goshute Cave Fire in the Goshute Canyon Wilderness, about 55 miles north of Ely, Nev., continues to show internal activity with occasional torching of unburned fuels.

There has been no perimeter growth except for the southern flank where growth is minimal. Firefighter and public safety is the top priority. Roads and trails within the fire area remain closed for firefighter and public safety.

The BLM Ely District Sunday evening assumed management of the 31,239-acre fire from Bob Fry’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. Currently on scene is a Type 4 incident commander, five engines, two water tenders and a Type 3 helicopter to patrol and monitor the fire area.

White Pine County residents, recreationalists and motorists on U.S. Highway 93 can expect to see occasional smoke from the fire that was first reported at about 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13.

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 CommanderRandy Gilbert, Type 4 IC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates40.063 latitude, -114.846 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel33
Size31,539 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateMonday October 15th, 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

Moderate, Single and group tree torching, creeping and smoldering. Active surface fire with occasional

torching in the mixed conifer fuel type. Fire activity increases with slope and wind alignment in receptive



Planned Actions

Identify management action points for future tactical implementation, point protection on identified sites if safe to do so. Monitor from strategic vantage points and provide intel. Patrol the fire edge with engines were access is favorable. Use the helicopter as needed for recons and to gain intel on fire activity for areas not favorable for ground resources.

Projected Incident Activity

Little fire growth expected except were the fire has backed in Carry Creek were short duration

runs can be expected where roll out has occurred. Moderate activity in the interior timber

stringers that have gone unburned within the perimeter of the fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather disturbance will elevate fire weather concerns by bringing

in a drier air mass and higher winds to the fire area. This Feature has created critical fire weather conditions throughout the week. Southwest to west winds and critically low daytime relative humidity with poor overnight RH recoveries. Southwest wind gusts of 35-45 MPH are possible. Very dry conditions will continue with critically low RH expected through Sunday.