Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way Sparks NV 89431 Nevada
Sparks, NV 89431
Note: For additional fire information, please call Range 2 Fire Information Officer Naaman Horn at 702-659-2586 or get the latest fire updates on Twitter @HumboldtToiyabe, Facebook @HumboldtToiyabeNF (Use hashtag #Range2Fire).
Elko, NV., Oct. 10, 2018 – The Range 2 Fire has held at 9,196 acres for the past four days and is at 90 percent containment. The type 3 incident management team will be handing the fire back over the local unit on Thursday, Oct. 11 to continue to patrol and monitor the fire.
The Range 2 Fire is approximately 20 miles southeast of Elko, Nevada on the on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District. The fire started on private and moved onto National Forest System lands.
The fire is still under investigation but according to Nevada State Fire Marshal’s office, the fire is believed to have been human caused by recreational shooters. State Fire Marshal Investigators are asking the public for any information regarding the cause of the fire. If anyone has information that could help identify the person who started the fire contact Nevada State Fire Marshal 775-684-7500.
Due to the fire, the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway is currently closed at the junction of Nevada State Route 227 (Lamoille Highway). The current fire area closure will last through the end of November while a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team assesses the burned area for threats to public health and safety and natural resources. The team will make recommendations to the Forest as to what closures, safety procedures, and restoration efforts will be necessary moving forward.
In cooperation with the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, the Forest is allowing the public the opportunity to see the effects of the Range 2 Fire on Lamoille Canyon starting Thursday, Oct. 11 through Sunday Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While the Lamoille Canyon is open, U.S. Forest Service and County Sheriff staff will be stationed throughout the canyon. Staff will be located at the bottom of the canyon to share information and answer questions. This is a vehicle tour only, no biking, hiking, or camping will be allowed. The public touring Lamoille Canyon will need to remain in their vehicles.
Additionally, the Forest, in cooperation with community partners, will be organizing volunteer efforts to help with restoration efforts in Lamoille Canyon. Most of the volunteer work is expected to take place beginning in the spring. Anyone interested in helping with the restoration effort can sign-up to receive information and updates at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFSR4/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDAFSR4_152.