Fire Update 8/23/13 PM
Incident: Spring Peak Wildfire
The Sierra Front
Mike Brown Team
Public Information Officer
Cell (775) 461-6200
August 23, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- P.M. UPDATE
Date Started: 8/17/2013
Total Personnel: 358
Threatened Residential Structures: 15
Threatened Commercial Structures: 100
Size: 14,230 acres
Percent Contained: 85%
Resources: Helicopters 3; Fixed-wing aircraft 3;
Engines 12; Crews 10; Water Tenders 3; Dozers 1
Injuries to Date: 2
Ground Crews Continue Work on the Spring Peak Fire Overnight
MINERAL COUNTY, NV/MONO COUNTY, CA- Air and Ground crews worked hard today to obtain additional containment and protect the unburned ‘green islands’ within the fire perimeter area to protect the bi-state sage grouse habitat. The bi-state sage grouse is a genetically unique population that cannot survive where sagebrush does not exist. The ‘green islands’ are important for sage grouse persistence as it provides cover, a food source and will help recover sage grouse habitat by releasing seed into the surrounding burned areas. It is also important habitat for the mule deer and pronghorn. While working closely with resource advisors, crews tonight will continue their work on protecting the bi-state sage grouse habitat, containment and rehabilitation, which includes mop-up efforts 100 feet into the perimeter. Tomorrow, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, will send his Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor to the fire line to view the efforts made to protect the habitat. For the most up to date information visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sierra-Front-Wildfire-Cooperators/117659718406346 ref=br_tf.
Smoke in the area is increasing due to the Rim Fire in the Yosemite area. (For additional information on the Rim Fire, please visit: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3660/) Residents are urged to take precautions to avoid health problems related to the smoky conditions caused by that fire. Examples of precautions include: limiting outdoor activities and remaining 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.
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 District, 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.