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Ground crews continue to contain Red Rock Fire


BLM NEWS — The Red Rock Fire started on July 1, 2013, at 1:24 p.m., and is located six miles north of Hallelujah junction. The fire is being managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District.
Today, firefighters throughout the region continue to contain the Red Rock Fire north of Reno, NV. The containment of the fire is 35% and estimated at 5400 acres in size. The crews will focus on improving containment lines and mopping up hot spots. Firefighters have been faced with steep, rocky terrain, changing wind conditions, and high temperatures making it a difficult fire to contain. A Type III Management Team has been ordered to manage the fire.

Onlookers are asked to stay out of the area so fire crews can safely conduct operations and operations are not hindered. Individuals curious about the fire should watch media coverage of the fire or can go to the Sierra Front’s Facebook page for the most up to date information. As a reminder, drivers having to travel on the roadways near the fire are asked to use extra caution as crews and apparatus are still actively working.

Residents are urged to take precautions to avoid health problems related to the smoky conditions caused by the fire. Examples of precautions include: limiting outdoor activities and remain in an air-conditioned environment if possible; if you do not have an air conditioner and if smoke is likely to get inside your house, leave the area until the smoke is completely gone; avoid activities that put extra demand on your lungs and heart; contact your medical provider if you are concerned or your health gets worse. Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have heart of lung disease, of other pre-existing respiratory conditions such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

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