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Ely District Office
Release Date: 08/09/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2013-069

Snow Creek Fire Update

12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

Size:  1,069 acres    
Percent Contained:  10%
Resources:  1 heavy air tanker, 3 helicopters, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT), 1 Type 1 hand crew, 1 Type 2 hand crew, 8 smokejumpers.  En route: 1 Type 2 hand crew.
Total Personnel:  60

Full suppression efforts continue on the Snow Creek Fire that is now estimated to be about 1,069 acres.  The lightning-ignited fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain within the Goshute Canyon Wilderness, approximately 60 miles north of Ely or 15 miles northwest of Cherry Creek.  The fire poses no immediate threat to human life or property. 

Firefighter and public safety is the top priority.  The fire is primarily consuming mixed conifers and mountain mahogany.  Firefighters last night and this morning made good progress on the fire’s south and west flanks, protecting sage grouse habitat and isolated structures in the area. 

The fire was first reported shortly after 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8. 

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 08-09-2013