Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way Sparks NV 89431 Nevada
Sparks, NV 89431
Elko, NV., Oct. 5 2018 – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District reminds the public that all areas, roads, and trails in Lamoille Canyon are still temporally closed due to the Range 2 Fire. Fire crews continue working on hot spots within the perimeter of the fire as portions of it are still active. The fire has received some precipitation in the last several days slowing fire spread.
“Public and firefighter safety is our number one concern,” said District Ranger Josh Nicholes. “Wildfires dramatically changes landscape and ground conditions.”
Nicholes added that one of the District’s biggest concerns is the risk of floods and slides from significant rain storms. Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall, reducing runoff. However, wildfires leave the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flash flooding and mudflow. These floodwaters typically transport surface debris such as downed trees, boulders, gravel etc.
The Range 2 Fire started on Sept. 30 and is approximately 20 miles southeast of Elko, Nevada. The fire was aerially mapped at 9,196 acres and is now 65 percent contained. Fire is still under investigation.
Because the fire is located in some steep terrain, which has limited firefighter access, some smoldering vegetation could still be holding heat in the interior of the fire. Occasional smoke may be visible, so fire officials are asking the public not to report it, because firefighters are keeping a close eye on the burned area to watch for any threat of spread.
The District has also assembled a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team to help determine the need for and to prescribe and implement emergency treatments resulting from the effects of the Range 2 Fire, and to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources. After a fire, the first priority is emergency stabilization in order to prevent further damage to life, property, or natural resources on National Forest System lands.
“After the BAER Team evaluates the area this next week, the District will have a better idea of what needs to be done to make Lamoille Canyon safe again for the visiting public and when the area closure can be partially or fully rescinded,” stressed Nicholes.
The signed closure order is posted on the Forest’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices. For information on the Range 2 Fire, visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6235/.