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Corta Fire

Unit Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

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Corta Fire Update: August 10

Corta Fire Wildfire
News – 8/11/2019

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Closures: Elko County Road 718 (Harrison Pass Road) is OPEN to thru traffic only, beginning the morning of August 10, 2019, between Elko County Road 717 (Huntington Road) and South Ruby Valley Road. The public is advised to avoid The Green Mountain Trailhead which provides access to the Ruby Crest Trail, fire traffic continues to be heavy along Harrison Pass Road.

Firefighters and aircraft have actively secured line around the Corta fire for the past several days. Recent heavy rains in the past 48 hours have significantly reduced fire activity.

The fire is 16,533 acres and is 60 percent contained. The incident is located 10 miles southeast of Jiggs, Nevada.

The fire has been the most active along its south and southeast flanks in the Pearl Creek drainage. Hotshots and hand crews have been hiking into the steep terrain of Pearl Creek to connect hand-line in this section of the fire.

“Extreme fire weather warnings, severe winds and heavy rains have all been challenging in our daily operations of this fire,” Vanessa Marquez, Corta Fire Incident Commander Trainee said.

“Firefighters and support personnel have continued to deliver results on this incident. Their efforts on the ground and flexibility has allowed us to be successful in securing a perimeter around the fire,” Marquez said.

Tomorrow firefighters will focus efforts on the southern edges of the fires to secure the hand-line in the Pearl Creek drainage. Crews will continue to mop-up and monitor around the fire perimeter.

Date of Detection: August 4, 2019

Current Size: 16, 533 acres

Location: 10 miles southeast of Jiggs, Nevada

Legal Description:

Latitude: 40.312

Longitude: -115.619

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 60%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 405 personnel on this incident

Hand Crews: 5

Engines: 12

Water tenders: 2

Bulldozers: 1

Helicopters: 5