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BLM Nevada News
ELY FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-040
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, July 6, 2007 – 12 p.m.
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov

Type III Team Takes Control of Barnes Canyon Fire 

The commander of the Scott Johnson Type III Incident Management Team on Friday predicted a quick conclusion to the Barnes Canyon Fire, burning about 10 miles southeast of Caliente, Nev.

"We expect to have the fire 100-percent contained by late tonight, provided the weather doesn’t significantly deteriorate," Incident Commander Scott Johnson said. Scattered thundershowers were forecast this afternoon for eastern Nevada. Johnson’s team took control of the wildfire this morning.

Johnson credited the firefighting effort thus far.

"We’re taking control of a fire that is 60-percent contained," he said.

The Barnes Canyon Fire has consumed about 950 acres of pinyon pine and juniper, sagebrush, and grass since it was first reported shortly before noon on Tuesday. The cause of the wildfire is unknown and is under investigation.

The wildfire is burning on BLM-administered public lands. No homes are threatened.

The BLM is using a full-suppression strategy to combat the wildfire for public and firefighter safety, and to protect the Caliente watershed and other local resources.

Approximately 150 firefighters and support personnel are battling the wildfire. There have been no injuries.

Assisting the BLM are the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, Nevada Division of Forestry and Forest Service.

For more information about the Barnes Canyon Fire, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842.

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Last updated: 07-06-2007