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Acreage increases on Bison Fire


us-doi-blm-logo-1-300x261-6201440-6040454Gardnerville, Nev. – Great Basin Management Type 2 Team, operating under Incident Commander Mike Whalen, reports fire fighters made progress overnight even though the fire remained active.  The fire has been downgraded to15-percent contained with the wind event that occurred yesterday afternoon.  The new estimated containment date is July 14.


Crews are gearing up for another wind event this afternoon and fire activity similar to yesterday.

The fire was extremely active on the northeast side yesterday afternoon and into the evening.  Contingency plans remain in place for positioning of both air and ground resources should the fire move further to the east.
No injuries have been reported, but the fire ran through the Slater Mine area destroying several old structures.  The number of structures destroyed is not known at this time.

The following road closures for non-residents are in place for:

  • Pine Nut Road at the intersection of Out-R-Way
  • East Valley at Grandview
  • Sunrise Pass at Coyote Rocks
  • Brunswick Canyon
  • Mexican Dam
  • Sunrise Pass at Artesia Road


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


A number of private ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles were seen very close to the fire area.  We ask that, for your safety and the safety of the firefighters, the public stay away from the fire area.

Fire information will continue to be updated at www.sierrafront.netwww.inciweb.org, and on the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and Douglas County’s pages on Facebook.  A fire information phone line is also being staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 775-782-1428.


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