Multiple Fire Starts:
Elayn Briggs - Public Information Officer @ Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center
July 26, 4:00 p.m. - New Fire Start: Black Mountain Wildfire, located near Mile Marker 10 on NV Route 447 about 6 miles south of Nixon, NV. Approximately 961 acres burning in grass and sage primarily to the south and west. Highway 447 remains open, was down to one lane, now both lanes are open. Engines on scene as well as one heavy air tanker, 2 SEATs, 1 Helicopter and 1 air attack. Additional engines and air resources have been ordered.
The Preacher fire is now 5,386 acres and 20% contained this evening. Great Basin Incident Management Team 6 assumed command of the fire at 6 a.m. this morning.
Yesterday’s rain on the middle of the fire has slowed the growth in that area but the western and eastern edge of the fire received little moisture. Additional fire resources arrive on the fire today to continue efforts in securing a line around the fire.
Objectives for management of the fire are to prevent damage to all private and public structures/infrastructure within and near the fire area that include:
- Communities of Ray May, Ruhenstroth, Fish Springs, Double Springs, Carter Spring Sand and Ruby Hill.
Dozers continue to build a line on the northern edge of the fire as additional fire resources concentrate on securing fire line and mopping up hot spots.
A few lingering showers and isolated storms are possible this afternoon with a greater chance for storms this weekend.
Resources: 15 crews, 10 helicopters, 20 engines, 3 dozers, 6 water tenders, 3 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 2 heavy air tankers, and 1 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT).
Evacuations were lifted last night at 5 pm. Road closures remain on Pine Nut Road #2 to non-essential traffic. Residents near the fire area should remain prepared to evacuate should weather escalate fire activity.
For further information contact on-site Preacher Fire PIO Denise Cobb at 775/741-9262 Or Sierra Front Information Desk at 775/782-1429