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Elko District Office
Release Date: 08/20/13
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386; cell 775-388-1101  

Red Cow Fire Update

ELKO, Nev. - There was good nighttime recovery on Aug. 18th. Minimal fire growth for Aug. 19 shift with the majority of the growth happening Aug. 18th. Relative humidity recovery helped diminish fire activity. The fire was 10 percent active on the perimeter Aug. 19 and resources made great progress. One outbuilding from the inactive Falcon Mine was destroyed. Operations for today include continuing to construct fire line, secure control lines and perimeter.

The fire is burning in a very remote location with limited access for vehicles and equipment. The fire is burning in an area of intact sage grouse habitat not impacted by previous fires. It is important wildlife habitat for several species including endangered spotted frog. The area is also an historic mining district with abandoned mine shafts posing safety hazards.

Location:  Ten miles northwest of Tuscarora, Nev.
Size:  16,193 acres
Resources:  209 Personnel; 1 Type-1 crew; 5 Type-2 crews; 2 Type-3 helicopters; 17 Engines; 2 dozers; and 2 water tenders assigned to the incident.
Fuels:  Grass, brush, sage, scattered timber
Contained:  20%;
Control:  anticipated Aug. 23
Jurisdiction:  BLM
Incident Commander:  Tyler Hecht
Cause:  Under Investigation

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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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-20-2015