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Goshute Cave Fire

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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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Goshute Cave Fire Update 09-06-2018

Goshute Cave Fire Wildfire
News – 9/6/2018

Summary: Yesterday’s showers fell on almost every ridge around our fire, but basically no rain fell on the Goshute Fire. Despite the lack of rain, crews continued to improve fire containment, increasing total containment from 55% to 65%. According to fire behavior analyst Eric Trimble “The fire is fairly well boxed in.”

Current Resources: 2 Type 1 crews, 2 Type 2 crews, 4 pieces of heavy equipment, 6 water tenders, 5 helicopters and 16 engines.

Current size: Approximately 31,239 acres Containment: Approximately 65% Personnel: 242

Yesterday: Fire crews have completed rehabilitation on the north and east sides of the fire. Slow moving thunderstorms and high wind gusts prevented work on the west side of the fire. Due to the weather risks, crews were pulled off the ridge and staged at the Stratton Base Camp for initial attack. Helicopters were again used to drop retardant higher on ridges to strengthen suppression lines.

Today: Fire crews will patrol and monitor containment lines and continue rehabilitation operations utilizing heavy equipment to increase containment of the fire. Firefighters will conduct burnout operations on the western ridgetops to connect suppression lines further boxing in the fire. Firefighters use burnout as a tool to eliminate fuels in order to halt the progression of a wildfire. This is where the term ‘fighting fire with fire” originates.

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. The smoke in the area is from isolated torching well within the interior of the fire perimeter and from our carefully conducted burnout operations.

Special Message: We remind all people driving anywhere near the fire to remain vigilant for firefighting traffic. Our goal is that everyone goes home safely every day.

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