Bison Fire in Douglas County has burned 24,136 acres; 80% contained

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Updated: 7/12/2013 1:01 pm
UPDATE - JUL. 12 - 11:31AM - The Bison Fire is now 80 percent contained with a containment target date of Jul. 14, according Battle Mountain District Office.

UPDATE July 11 8:00am:

The fire size has been downgraded to 24,136 Acres due to new GIS mapping. There is 65% containment of the fire.

The cost to date of fighting the fire is $5,330,979. The biggest part of the cost is the use of aircraft.

UPDATE - People evacuated from Smith Valley can now return home, according to Lyon County Manager Jeff Page.

UPDATE - JUL. 10 - 5:02PM - The fire is now 65 percent contained and has burned 27,624 acres. The Battle Mountain District Office is reporting 98 structures are threatened.

A spike camp was set up in Smith Valley and approximately 400 firefighters will be working out of this camp on the east side of the fire.

The number of personnel assigned to the incident is 1,065. There has been one firefighter injury (twisted knee) reported.

The cost, to date, of fighting this fire is $4,814,994. The largest cost is the use of aircraft.

The following road closures to non-residents are currently in place for:
* Pine Nut Road at the intersection of Out-R-Way
*East Valley Road at Grandview
*Sunrise Pass Road at Coyote Rock
*Brunswick Canyon Road
*Mexican Dam Road
*Sunrise Pass Road at Artesia Road

UPDATE - 7:17AM - According to Sierra Front the Bison Fire is now 40% contained.
UPDATE - 4:44PM - Bison Command has requested evacuation of residents in Smith Valley that are north of Artist View and West of Upper Colony Road. A temporary shelter is being opened at the Smith Valley Baptist Church on Hudson Way, according to Lyon County Manager Jeffery A. Page.

(News 4 Reporter Alyx Sacks)
(News 4 Reporter Alyx Sacks)
UPDATE - 7:21AM - According to the Bison Fire Public Information Officer on scene the fire has now burned 25,733 acres and is still 25% contained.  The Bison Fire has cost about $2.9 million to fight.
UPDATE - 5:44PM - Sierra Front reports the fire is now at 17,500 acres.

UPDATE - 2:26PM - The fire has now burned 17,000 acres, according to Sierra Front.

The following roads will be open to residents only with proof of residency)

..Pine Nut Road @ Out-R-Way
..East Valley Road @ Grandview
..Brunswick Canyon Road
..Mexican Dam Road
..Sunrise Pass Road @ Artesia Road

UPDATE - 12:52PM - Sierra Front is reporting the fire to be at 12,500 acres.

UPDATE: July 8th 8:00am

The buildings that were lost to the Bison Fire were vacant old mining buildings. Incident Commander Mike Wahlen tells News 4 there were about 4 or 5 buildings that burned.

The fire is continuing to move northeast and Wahlen says there's a 50/50 chance the fire could reach Smith Valley.

Bison Fire (Walter Bell)
Bison Fire (Walter Bell)
UPDATE: July 7, 2013 6:21 PM

According to the Battle Mountain District Office late afternoon winds have caused the Bison Fire to grow to 9,300 acres and only 15 percent containment.

Officials say the fire is making a run to the northeast and is burning through the Slater Mine Area. According to crews on scene, some commercial structures have been lost, but the number of structures is unknown at this time.

A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 homes in the area.

UPDATE 9:37 a.m.: Due to the complex nature of this fire, the Great Basin Type II Incident Management Team (Whalen) arrived at the Incident Command Post at the Douglas County Fairgrounds and assumed management of the fire Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m.

The fire is 30-percent contained with full containment projected for Monday, July 8. 

Should the fire move further east contingency plans remain in place for positioning of both air and ground resources. 

Pine Nut Road remains closed to non-residents at the intersection of Out-R-Way. 

A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 structures in the area.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.
Bison Fire (Rick Parigini)
Bison Fire (Rick Parigini)
UPDATE 9:15PM: The fire is now determined to be 6,300 acres, the acreage reduction is due to better GPS mapping. The fire is now 30% contained. Full containment is projected for Monday, July 8.

There are now 500 personnel battling the blaze using 9 Airtankers, 8 Helicopters, 18 Engines, 4 Water Tenders, 4 Dozers and there are 13 Hand Crews.

UPDATE: July 6, 2013 6:00 P.M.

Sierra Front Fire has taken over the Bison Fire burning in Douglas County. On day 3 the fire is burning 7,000 acres and is only 20 percent contained.

Fire Officials say high sustained winds and very low humidity are making it extremely difficult for crews to contain the fire.

20 homes are threatened, but evacuations are voluntary at this point. Overnight the fire was pushed by steady winds to the northeast and moved over the crest on the Pine Nut Mountains in two spots south of Mt. Siegel.

UPDATE - 4:52PM - Sierra Front reports the fire has now burned 2,000 acres.

UPDATE - 12:39PM - The Bison Fire has grown to 1,400 acres in size with 20 percent containment at this time. No structures have been damaged and no injuries reported, however the fire has shifted due to the winds, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Currently, 350 firefighters are working the fire in addition to three helicopters, five single engine air tankers, one air attack plane and four dozers.

The fire is burning in a mix of Pinion and Juniper Trees with extreme fire conditions.

UPDATE - JUL. 5, 2013 - 10:18AM - The fire has burned 1,200 acres and is 15 percent contained. It is still threatening homes and penned livestock.

(Brad Cockman)
(Brad Cockman)
UPDATE 12:21 AM - The Bison Fire is now burning 1400 acres in the Pine Nut Mountains.

According to Sergeant Pat Brooks with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office the 20 homes that were threatened are no longer in the path of the fire. The wind shifted and the brush fire is now moving to the south, southeast.

Hand crews will be battling the fire from the ground tonight, and making an attack plan for the morning when aircraft can get back on scene.

UPDATE - 6:30PM - Resources being used for this fire include the following, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Office:

22 engines
2 air tankers
3 helicopters
3 dozers
3 water tenders
120 Firefighters

(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
UPDATE 5:31PM - Douglas County Sheriff's Office says this area is closed to non-residents.

UPDATE - 5:20PM - Sierra Front is reporting the fire is now 300 acres in size, with four engines, one helicopter and two air tankers assisting.

UPDATE - 4:43PM -Sierra Front is referring to this fire as the Bison Fire. Evacuations are in place for 20 homes in the area.

(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
(News 4 Reporter Samantha Boatman)
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & -- A lightning-caused fire in Douglas County (off Pine Nut Road in Buffalo Canyon area) has burned 50 acres and is threatening structures, according to Sierra Front.

Sierra Front has air and ground resources assisting.
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