Ely District Office
Bureau of Land Management
HC 33 Box 33500 Ely NV 89301-9408 Nevada
Ely, NV 89301
For Immediate Release Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Fire Information: 352-433-6768 (7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
Summary: Goshute Cave Fire containment lines were strengthened and increased along the eastern, northern and northwestern fire edge with containment increased to 55%.
Current Resources: 3 Type 1 crews, 3 Type 2 crews, 4 pieces of heavy equipment, 6 water tenders, 6 helicopters and 17 engines.
Current size: Approximately 30,971 acres Containment: Approximately 55% Personnel: 266
Yesterday: Crews continued rehabilitation on suppression lines along the northeastern perimeter. Air support, using 10,000 gallons of retardant, painted ridges to strengthen and connect containment along the southeastern edge of the fire. Crews also utilized handline and excavators to increase fire line along the northern edge.
Today: Fire crews will patrol and monitor containment lines and continue rehabilitation operations utilizing heavy equipment, to secure and halt fire progression on the northern perimeter. Wildland firefighters will mop-up as necessary and monitor potential fire spread in Carry Creek. Rehabilitation work and structure protection will continue in the region of the McDermid Ranch until ignition risks are abated.
Crews from the west side of the fire will stage at Stratton Ranch Base camp to provide initial attack in anticipation of slow thunderstorms expected later this afternoon.
Expected Weather/Fire behavior: Slow moving thunderstorms may appear over the fire area today. Drier air and higher winds could create extreme fire behavior later in the week. Moderate surface fire with single tree torching will follow available fuels in the timbered stringers and steeper topography.
Special Message: Our firefighters continue to appreciate the support of the local communities. High winds and dry lighting may become an issue by Wednesday. Smoke out of the south may become more prevalent, continuing to impact the communities of Wells and Wendover.