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Fires winding down around Nevada
by Tribune Staff
Aug 18, 2012 | 1052 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WINNEMUCCA — After nearly two weeks of intense fire activity that burned close to 250,000 acres in Nevada, the Winnemucca District has begun to get back to other tasks as crews work to secure containment lines and conduct mop up operations.

“I want to thank the firefighters and others from our federal, state and local partners who have assisted us with suppressing the fires,” said BLM Winnemucca District Manager Gene Seidlitz. “I’d also like to thank the communities affected for their support and patience as we worked to contain the fires as quickly as possible.”

Although many of the fires have been contained or are close to being contained, public land users should be aware of safety hazards that exist in burned areas including snags, standing trees that may have burned or had their root structure weakened by fire that can fall without warning, rocks that may have become dislodged or remote pockets of fuel that can smolder for weeks after a fire. Continued dry conditions and weather increase the chances that there will be more fire in the future so people should be careful if they are working with open flames or campfires and should avoid parking vehicles in long grass.

The Holloway Fire was started by lightning on Aug. 5 and has burned 436,560 acres. It is currently 71 percent contained. Crews have completed a line around the south end of the Holloway Fire in Nevada and are working to limit acres burned on the north side of the fire in Oregon near Oregon Canyon by constructing additional containment lines.

The Hanson Fire, located near Paradise Valley, Nev., has burned 12,469 acres and is 85 percent contained. It was started by lightning on Aug. 10.

The Craine Creek Fire, located about three to four miles southwest of Knott Creek Ranch, has burned about 600 acres. It has been contained.

The Buckskin Fire, located 14 miles south of McDermitt, Nev., burned 10,737 acres. It started on Aug. 13 and is considered controlled.

The Long Canyon Fire, located 10 miles southwest of McDermitt, Nev., burned 36,904 acres and has been contained. It was started by lightning on Aug. 10.

Additional information about these fires can be found at www.inciweb.org.
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