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Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Withanee Milligan
Phone: 775-750-8973
Hours: 8-6p

Ray Johnson
Phone: 7024981630

Fire Information Line
Phone: 707-789-1435

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Portions of the Late Night Trail, 3 Mile Smile Loop and the Dead Horse Loop, have been impacted by the fire, but still remains intact.  Resource advisors from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management would like to remind recreationists to remain on designated trails and parking areas to reduce soil erosion. Today crews will continue working in the Southwest corner of the fire.

Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 will transfer command of the Cottonwood Fire to a local Bureau of Land Management Type 4 team. Incident Commander Eric Ellison will assume command of the fire at 8:00 P.M. on July 25, 2020. 

 Incident Commander Brook Chadwick and staff of the Great Basin Team 6 would like to extend thanks to the residents and visitors of Spring Mountains Natural Recreation Area and Clark County.

Stage II fire restrictions remain in effect for the state of Nevada.  For more information regarding fire restrictions please visit

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 20th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM
LocationCottonwood Pass
Incident CommanderHumboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Coordinates35.945 latitude, -115.446 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel193
Size2,817 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained97%
Estimated Containment DateMonday July 27th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Grass, sage, brush, some PJ

Significant Events

Creeping and smoldering in isolated areas of the fire that have heavy fuels, primarily interior. No additional growth. Most of the remaining heat is on the southwestern flank of the fire. Fire weather conditions were seasonally normal for this area.


Planned Actions

Continue suppression repair where appropriate. Work with READs to identify sensitive areas and follow guidance for working in those areas to prevent resource damage. Continue to demobilize resources.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Interior islands may consume during the afternoon.


Hazardous steep terrain continues to be monitored. Full containment expected when fuels are completely consumed in inaccessible areas. Reduction in acres due to more accurate mapping. Number of resources has been adjusted to reflect better information. One additional Type 2IA crew assigned to the incident and 6 engines demobilized.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mid-level moisture is expected to increase today leading to a few more clouds over the fire, but any thunderstorms will remain well east and are not expected to have any impact. Temperatures will increase slightly with high ranging from the upper 80s to mid-90s. RH will again drop into the lower to mid-teens and winds should gust out of the southwest around 10 mph in the afternoon.