EUREKA — The Pinto Fire burning 20 miles east of Eureka, Nev., has covered about 2,000 acres is zero percent contained as of Tuesday. The fire was ignited at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday by arcing power lines due to high winds. The fire is burning in critical sage grouse habitat about five miles north of U.S. Highway 50 and just west of State Route 892.
Private ranches are threatened. Firefighters this morning safely evacuated six residents from two ranches and the structures were saved. Additional ranch properties are located four to five miles west of the fire. Neither the ranches nor the Bald Mountain Mine, located 30 miles north of the fire, are immediately threatened.
Firefighters are implementing a full-suppression strategy, using all available resources to protect life and property and resources. Currently four single engine air tankers, two helicopters, six fire engines, four type one hand crews, four bulldozers, two water tenders and more than 120 personnel are working to contain the fire.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Battle Mountain and Ely districts are being assisted by the Cold Creek and Eureka Volunteer fire departments, White Pine Fire Protection District and Nevada Division of Forestry.
For more information, go to www.inciweb.org/incident/2944 or contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, by calling 775-289-1842 or by emailing email@example.com.