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Ely District Office
Release Date: 08/10/13
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2013-070

Snow Creek Fire Update

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013

Size:  1,069 acres    
Percent Contained:  30%
Resources:  3 helicopters, 1 water tender, 1 engine, 1 Type 1 hand crew, 2 Type 2 hand crews, 8 smokejumpers.
Total Personnel:  88

The 1,069-acre Snow Creek Fire burning in the Goshute Canyon Wilderness, about 60 miles north of Ely, Nev., is 30-percent contained.  Full containment of the lightning-ignited fire is expected by Monday, Aug. 12.

The fire is burning in steep and rugged terrain, consuming mixed conifers and mountain mahogany.  It poses NO threat to human life or property.  Firefighter and public safety is the top priority.

Firefighters yesterday evening and this morning continued to make good progress on securing the fire perimeter.  Assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District is the Forest Service, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and local private contractors. 

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 or follow us on Twitter at

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.

Last updated: 08-12-2013