Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way Sparks NV 89431 Nevada
Sparks, NV 89431
Las Vegas, NV., Sept. 30, 2018 – The wind-driven Range 2 Fire is estimated at 5,000 acres and 0 percent contained. It will be officially mapped tomorrow depending on the visibility of the fire footprint. The fire started near Spring Creek, Nevada, around 9 a.m. today on private land and moved onto the Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
The Range 2 Fire burnt west to east along the edge of the Ruby Mountains. In the Lamoille Canyon area, the fire burned from the bottom of the canyon to the top. The extent of the damage to the area and U.S. Forest Service recreational sites is still unknown, but some structures have been lost. Lamoille Canyon remains closed to the public.
There were eight hikers and an Elko County Sherriff’s Office Deputy at the top of Lamoille Canyon that were not in danger, but could not exit until it was safe for them to be escorted out of the canyon.
Today, local, state, county, and federal agencies were fighting the fire with ground and air resources. Firefighters were seeing 100 foot flame lengths as the fire burned through grass, brush, pinyon and juniper. Cooler temperature and higher humidity overnight is expected to reduce the fire spread.
Structure protection is still in place for the homes along the base of the Ruby Mountains in the Lamoille community. Aircrafts were dropping retardant between the fire and private structures and a dozer line was constructed.
Billy Britt’s Nevada Type III Management Team Four will take over the fire at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1. The cause of the fire is under investigation.