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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: Monday, July 9, 2007 – 10 a.m.
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov
Barnes Canyon Fire Begins Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation
The Scott Johnson Type III Incident Management Team has turned the Barnes Canyon Fire over to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District for emergency stabilization and rehabilitation.
The approximately 950-acre wildfire, about 10 miles southeast of Caliente, Nev., was fully contained Friday evening. Mop-up operations continued through the weekend. The wildfire started Tuesday afternoon. The cause is under investigation.
BLM Ely District Fire Management Officer Tye Petersen said today that emergency stabilization and rehabilitation efforts are underway.
“We are assessing the burned area. We will prepare an emergency stabilization plan and determine the need for a burned area rehabilitation plan,” Petersen said.
Two other wildfires in Lincoln County were also contained this weekend. Both were ignited by lightning late Friday afternoon.
The under 10-acre Guest Ranch Fire, near the Mt. Wilson Community Guest Ranch, about 40 miles north of Caliente, was 100-percent contained before noon yesterday. The 276-acre Timpiute Fire, about 20 miles north of Rachel, was fully contained by 8 p.m., Saturday.
Firefighters and equipment from the wildfires are being released for use elsewhere. The Johnson team this morning closed the incident command post at Caliente Elementary School. Deputy Incident Commander Dylan Rader thanked Lincoln County and area residents for their assistance and support.
“We could not have accomplished what we did without these folks,” Rader said.
For wildfire information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842.
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Last updated: 07-09-2007