Fire Update 8/21/2013 AM
Incident: Spring Peak Wildfire
The Sierra Front
Mike Brown Team
Public Information Officer
Cell (775) 461-6200
August 21, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date Started: 8/17/2013
Total Personnel: 270
Threatened Residential Structures: 15
Threatened Commercial Structures: 100
Size: 14,300 acres
Percent Contained: 39%
Resources: 2 Helicopters; 6 Fixed Wing
18 Engines; 10 Crews; 3 Water Tenders; 2 Dozers
Injuries to Date: 0
Handcrews and Aircraft continue to battle the Spring Peak Fire
MINERAL COUNTY, NV/MONO COUNTY, CA-The Spring Peak Fire is approximately 14,300 acres with an increased containment of 39 percent. Gusty and erratic winds on Tuesday led to increased fire activity along the southwest perimeter of the fire in the afternoon, pushing the fire to approximately 2 miles from Bodie State Historic Park. The park remains closed to the public due to heavy fire traffic. Drivers having to travel on the roadways near the fire area are asked to use extra caution as crews and apparatus are actively working.
Firefighting crews will continue to focus on keeping the fire out of Bodie State Park and the historic town site of Aurora. Minimizing impact to the bi-state sage grouse and protecting the LA Department of Water and Power powerline also remain priorities. Mop-up in some areas of the fire will start today. Thunderstorms and strong winds with gusts up to 50mph are expected in the afternoon.
The Sierra Front Cooperators, led by Incident Commander Mike Brown, have been managing the incident after taking over the fire at 0600 on August 19, 2013. Throughout the week, the participation of cooperators throughout northern Nevada and California has been essential to the success of firefighting efforts. Cooperators include U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, National Guard, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, CalFire, California State Parks, Reno Fire Department, Sparks Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Carson City Fire Department, North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection, Storey County Fire Department, Mason Valley Fire Department, Central Lyon County Fire Protection District, East Fork Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies. For the most up to date information visit the Sierra Front Wildland Cooperators Facebook page.
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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