BLM Logo
Carson City District
Release Date: 07/01/13
Contacts: Lisa Ross , 775-885-6107 ,

Ground crews continue to contain Pedlar Fire

Date Started:  6/30/2013
Cause:  Under Investigation
Total Personnel145
Residences:  0 threatened, 0 destroyed
Size:  96 acres
Commercial Property:  0 threatened; 0 destroyed
Percent Contained: 75%
Resources:  1 Helicopters; 6 Engines; 
                    4 Crews; 3 Water Tenders
Outbuildings:  0 threatened; 0 destroyed
Injuries to Date:  2

Lyon, NV — At 11:00 p.m. last night, the Pedlar Fire was transitioned over to the Sierra Front Management Team, a Type 3 Team, operating under Incident Commander Mike Brown. Previously the fire was under the operation of a unified command with the Lyon County and Bureau of Land Management.

Today, firefighters throughout the region continue to contain the Pedlar Fire near Silver City, NV.  The containment of the fire is 75% and estimated at 96 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. Two heat related injuries have been reported and no structures have been lost.

Highway 342 from the "Y' through Silver City to Virginia City will remain closed today. 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.

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.

Carson City District   5665 Morgan Mill Road      Carson City, NV 89703  

Last updated: 07-01-2013