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

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Incident Contacts

Bishop Fire Information
Phone: 775-446-5438

Chris Hanefeld
Phone: 775-289-1842
Hours: M-F 9-5 SS 10-2

Highlighted Activity

08/03/2020 Bishop Fire Update - August 3,2020
Summary: Yesterday, crews continued making steady progress reinforcing the southern fire perimeter and continued building line around the east and west sides. Emphasis focused on the east and west...
News - 08/03/2020
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Great Basin Type 2 Incident Management Team 7 is managing the approximately 13,008-acre Bishop Fire. Jeff Knudson is the Incident Commander. 

The fire in Rainbow Canyon, about 17 miles southwest of Caliente, Nev. Firefighters are working to limit the spread of the fire to protect nearby homes, communities, wildlife habitat, and infrastructure. Firefighter and public safety are the top priorities.

The human-caused fire is 25-percent contained with full containment expected Friday, Aug. 14.

Residents of southeastern Nevada and southwestern Utah can expect to see smoke from the fire, which was first reported at about 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, July 29.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 29th, 2020 approx. 12:15 PM
Location17 Miles southwest of Caliente, Nevada.
Incident CommanderJeff Knudson
Coordinates37.362 latitude, -114.604 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel415
Size13,008 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained25%
Estimated Containment DateFriday August 14th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory), brush (2 feet), short grass (1 foot)

Significant Events

Fire activity on the north and northeastern flanks continued to burn along Rainbow Canyon towards Rock Springs Canyon. The fire remained active on the west side above Kane Springs Road. Unburned portions in the fire's interior continued burning.


Planned Actions

Crews will continue progression up the eastern and northern flank in difficult terrain. Continue using aviation support to keep the fire from progressing to the north, west and east from critical infrastructure. Crews and engines will continue mop-up along the southwest portion of the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

High probability of rapid rates of spread to the north, northeast and southeast paralleling

Rainbow Canyon without any suppression action.


Team 7 inbriefed at 3:00 PM local time on July 31. They took over the incident at 6:00 AM on August 1.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot and dry conditions will persist across the fire area as a strong high pressure remains over the region. Critically low daytime relative humidity and poor overnight recoveries combined with temperatures in the 90's and gusty south winds in the afternoon will keep elevated fire weather conditions in the forecast for the next several days. Temperatures are expected to cool slightly each day

through Thursday with closer to normal values but no precipitation is expected.