Fire Update 8/19/2013 PM
Incident: Spring Peak Wildfire
The Sierra Front
Mike Brown Team
Public Information Officer
Cell (775) 461-6200
August 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- EVENING UPDATE
Date Started: 8/17/2013
Total Personnel: 218
Threatened Residential Structures: 15
Threatened Commercial Structures: 100
Size: 12,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%
Resources: 3 Helicopters; 6 Fixed Wing
15 Engines; 8 Crews; 3 Water Tenders; 2 Dozers
Injuries to Date: 0
Crews will continue throughout the night to suppress Spring Peak Fire
MINERAL COUNTY, NV/MONO COUNTY, CA-The Spring Peak Fire is approximately 12,000 acres. Historical mining structures, the old Aurora townsite and cemetery and the Bodie historical townsite continue to be threatened. The high voltage power transmission lines from Washington State to California were comprised and remain threatened, as well as Mineral County and State of Nevada communications site.
Today, firefighters continued to establish perimeter control lines with the assistance of air support. Visitors at the Bodie State Park historical area were asked to leave early due to increased firefighter vehicle traffic into the area. No structures were damaged in Bodie and the fire is still approximately 3 miles southeast of the area. Overnight, crews will continue to monitor the situation. The crews will focus on creating containment lines, protecting Borealis and Esmeralda mine sites, the historical sites in Aurora and Bodie, also the bi-state sage grouse habitat. Crews will also continue to protect the transmission line and communications site. Firefighters have been faced with steep, rocky terrain and changing wind conditions making it a difficult fire to contain. Fire progress is expected to slow overnight due to increased humidity and precipitation. However, Fire crews will be faced with wind gusts up to 25 mph. No injuries have been reported.
Onlookers are asked to stay out of the area so fire crews can safely conduct operations and operations are not hindered. Individuals curious about the fire should watch media coverage of the fire or can go to the Sierra Front's Wildland Cooperators Facebook page for the most up to date information. As a reminder, drivers having to travel on the roadways near the fire are asked to use extra caution as crews and apparatus are still actively working.
Residents are urged to take precautions to avoid health problems related to the smoky conditions caused by the fire. Examples of precautions include: limiting outdoor activities and remain in an air-conditioned environment if possible; if you do not have an air conditioner and if smoke is likely to get inside your house, leave the area until the smoke is completely gone; avoid activities that put extra demand on your lungs and heart; contact your medical provider if you are concerned or your health gets worse. Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have heart or lung disease, or other pre-existing respiratory conditions such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.
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