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Friday, September 20, 2013


The Bison Fire started at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The lightning-caused fire is located along the western slope of the Pinenut Mountain range in Douglas County, Nevada, and is burning a combination of BLM public lands, Native American allotment lands, and private lands about five miles east of Gardnerville (east of U.S. Highway 395).

JULY 14: (AM) Great Basin Management Type 2 Team 3, operating under Incident Commander Mike Whalen, reports fire fighters have started mopping-up and are conducting fire-line rehab.

The fire will be turned over to a Type 3 team tomorrow morning at 6:00 A.M. They will be finishing rehabbing and watching for any hot spots that might still be out there.

The fire is now 100-percent contained. Resources are being released from the Bison fire and made available for other fires.

The number of personnel assigned to the incident is 417 and shrinking. There have been Four firefighter injuries (2 twisted knees, 1 twisted ankle and 1 breathing problems) reported.

The cost, to date, of fighting this fire is $7,729,660.

Nevada is seeing the worst drought in 60 years combined with record temperatures that increases the possibility of wildland fires. Those who live in and around the public lands need be extra careful and lessen the possibility of losing your home by clearing 30 feet around your residences, “reduce the fuel, reduce the risk.” Go to the Firewise link at www.firewise.org for further information on preparing your home and property against wildland fire.

This will be the last fire update for the Bison Fire. Mike Whalen’s Type 2 Incident Command Team 3 would like to thank the communities of Gardnerville and Minden for their support and hospitality.

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