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BLM Nevada News
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, July 7, 2007 – 12 p.m.
CONTACT: Chris Hanefeld, (775) 289-1842; chris_hanefeld@nv.blm.gov 

Barnes Canyon Fire Contained, Lightning Ignites New Wildfires 

Firefighters have declared the Barnes Canyon Fire 100-percent contained. Meantime, three new wildfires are burning in eastern Nevada, ignited by lightning from yesterday afternoon’s thunderstorms.

Barnes Canyon Fire Incident Commander Scott Johnson said today that firefighters fully contained the approximately 950-acre wildfire, about 10 miles southeast of Caliente, at approximately 8 p.m., last night. He said mop-up operations would continue through the weekend.

"We want to ensure that the burn area is 100-percent secure," Johnson said.

The Barnes Canyon Fire was first reported at about 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 3. The cause of the wildfire is unknown and under investigation.

Johnson said firefighters and equipment would be released from the Barnes Canyon Fire to make them available to fight wildfires elsewhere. Some of those resources could soon be fighting one of three other wildfires burning in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Ely Ranger District.

The under 20-acre Guest Ranch Fire is burning a few miles north of the Mt. Wilson Community Guest Ranch, about 40 miles north of Caliente. No residences are threatened.

The Timpiute Fire, estimated at about 300 acres, is burning 20 miles north of Rachel. No structures are threatened.

The under 1,000-acre Lampson Fire is burning on National Forest lands south of the old Hamilton town site, about 25 miles west of Ely.

Firefighters are fully suppressing the wildfires for public and firefighter safety. There have been no injuries.

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

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Last updated: 07-09-2007