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Boot Fire

Unit Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

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The Boot Fire, located in the eastern Sierra Mountains on the Bridgeport Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, was called 100% contained September 15.

A Burned Area Emergency Response Team began assessing the severity of the burned area and potential effects of the fire Friday.

Smoke from the interior of the fire may be visible for several days, but does not pose any danger for motorists in the vicinity.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday September 04th, 2018 approx. 02:30 PM
Location9 miles south of Walker, California, and 15 Miles North west of Bridgeport, California.
Incident CommanderKim Martin, Great Basin Team 5
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates38.396 latitude, -119.451 longitude

Current Situation

Size6,974 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber, grass and understory brush 2 feet tall was the primary vegetation that burned.


Projected Incident Activity

Firefighter goals were to protect:

Unburned islands of sagebrush in order to preserve existing sage grouse habitat and provide a natural seed bank for future regrowth of shrubs.

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout habitat in the Mill Creek watershed by keeping riparian vegetation from burning when it is safe to do so.

Firefighters will repair containment lines to prevent stream sedimentation and to maintain the stream at safe temperatures.

Protect critical communication sites on both Mean and Sweetwater Peaks.

Limit fire spread onto the Marine Warfare Training Center and permitted area in order to protect existing natural vegetation associated with the area.

To accomplish these goals, firefighters successfully kept the fire west of Swauger Creek, south of Deep Creek, east of the Mountain Warfare Training Center, and north of Devil’s Gate to minimize fire size and footprint.


Fishing access to the stretch of the Walker River (Hwy 395) within the burn area footprint remains CLOSED due the potential for rolling rocks and debris. Anglers may access the Walker River north or south of the fire area.

Forest Closure: All areas, roads and trails within the Boot Fire perimeter west and east of U.S Route 395 are CLOSED. Highway 395, Forest Service Road 0301(Burcham Flat) and Forest Service Road 067 are OPEN; however, vehicles must stay on established roadway with NO STOPPING.

This closure will remain in effect until the Boot Fire’s Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team determines the area is safe for the public. People who are found guilty of violating this closure order could receive a maximum fine of $5,000 or six months in jail or both.

You can help firefighters by preventing wildfires. Here’s how:

• Obey local fire restrictions:

o No fires, charcoal fires or woodstoves,

o Campfires ONLY in designated campgrounds with campfire structures installed,

o Pressurized or bottled fuel stoves, lanterns and heaters are allowed, provided they are used in cleared areas,

o Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle is prohibited.

• Avoid dragging safety chains that throw sparks.

• Ensure off road vehicles have spark arrestors.