Elko District Office
Bureau of Land Management
3900 East Idaho Street Elko NV 89801 Nevada
Elko, NV 89801
Roosters Comb, Snowstorm, Cornucopia,
4 Mile Ridge Fires
Update: July 16, 2017, 10 AM
NW Incident Management Team (IMT) 9, Brian Goff, Incident Commander
Good progress was made Saturday on suppression repair on the Roosters Comb Fire. The repairs are 85% complete and fire personnel are patrolling the area to ensure security.
The Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9 (NW9) that has been managing the Roosters Comb Fire out of Battle Mountain, has been assigned management of three more fires to the north and east of the Roosters Comb. These fires are the Snowstorm, 4-Mile, and Cornucopia.
The three new fires started from lightning late Friday afternoon. These new fires are in remote locations and pose logistical challenges to support firefighters. NW9 is addressing those challenges and working to suppress the fires because significant infrastructure and wildlife resources are at risk. Resources include habitat for threatened and game species such as sage grouse, big horn sheep, mule deer and elk; live waters including trout streams; and a large mining operation near Midas.
The Snowstorm Fire is located on Castle Ridge east of the Snowstorm Mountains near the South Fork of the Little Humboldt River and is estimated to involve over 120,000 acres. This fire expanded rapidly on Saturday and air retardant drops were utilized to slow the spread.
The 4 Mile Ridge Fire is just north and west of the Snowstorm Fire near Four Mile Butte. It is estimated to be about 300 acres this morning. It has been lined and is being mopped-up.
The Cornucopia Fire, 1559 acres, is north of Tuscarora, NV between the Fourmile Creek and the Owyhee River. It has a dozer line around it and is being mopped-up.
The weather remains typically hot and dry, and gusty winds are predicted for the general area through Tuesday. The moisture content of grass fuels in this area is at historically low levels.
Fire information for these and other fires is posted on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov. The fire information office in Battle Mountain can also be reached at 775-374-4490 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .