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Big Summit

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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UPDATE July 22, 9:30 am: The Big Summit Fire started in Nevada and quickly burned across the state line into Utah, reaching the western edge of the Hamlin Valley. A full suppression strategy was implemented for this fire with firefighter and public safety as the top priorities.

Road closures and evacuations for the Hamlin Valley and Wilderness West subdivision have been lifted. The region is still experiencing critically dry conditions, making the grass, brush and pinyon-juniper vegetation highly flammable. Any new starts have the potential for rapid growth.

Management of the incident will transition to the Ely District of the BLM on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

FIRE PREVENTION: Fire danger is Extreme in the area. Fires can start quickly and will rapidly grow and burn actively. Be sure to check your local fire restrictions. Campfires may be prohibited. Double check your tow chains, and don’t park your OHV on dry grass. Remember, one spark is all it takes to start a wildfire.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 13th, 2020 approx. 11:00 AM
Location17 miles northeast of Panaca, Nevada.
Incident CommanderKris Knight Type 4 IC Ely District BLM
Incident Description17 Miles Northeast Of Panaca,nev.
Coordinates37.889 latitude, -114.111 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel253
Size8,461 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory), brush (two feet), and short grass (one foot).

Significant Events

Transition to Type 4 IMT, Ely District BLM. Suppression rehab complete.


Planned Actions

Monitor and patrol.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire is in patrol status

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

RED FLAG 7/23 Extremely low relative humidity combined with excessive heat and possible dry lightning.