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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 09-07-2018

Goshute Cave Fire Wildfire
News – 9/7/2018

For Immediate Release: 07 September, 2018

Summary: Containment increased from 65% to 90% as crews continue to close in the box around the Goshute Fire. Slight rain showers cooled fuels down, but a drying, warming trend with heavy winds may create critical fire weather by Thursday.

Current Resources: 2 Type 1 crews, 2 Type 2 crews, 5 water tenders, 3 helicopters and 16 engines.

Current size: Approximately 31,239 acres Containment: Approximately 90% Personnel: 242

Yesterday: The fire crews completed grading on Bench Road down to the community of Cherry Creek. Heavy equipment operators continued to strengthen fire lines on the north end of the fire area. Wildland firefighters conducted cold trailing on the west perimeter: Cold-trailing is when firefighters actually use their bare hands and feel the ashes for any residual heat. If heat is found, crews will stir the ash and/or add water to drown the heat. In some cases, they will also dig around roots to extinguish heat.

Summary: Containment increased from 65% to 90% as crews continue to close in the box around the Goshute Fire. Slight rain showers cooled fuels down, but a drying, warming trend with heavy winds may create critical fire weather by Thursday.

Today: Today, crews will spot-grade the Cherry Creek road from the Cherry Creek community to the west side of the range and will patrol and monitoring the area for heat. The east, north and west sides of the fire has containment lines. The south side of the fire is in the wilderness and has a confinement strategy: we used retardant to slow growth in this rugged terrain. Some fire and heat remain within the fire’s interior, however, crews are confident that containment lines will hold the fire.

Expected Weather/Fire behavior: Some rain fell on the fire area, however moisture is not expected to last. Drying trends and high wind gusts are expected to move in starting today and could bring extreme fire weather by Saturday.

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

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