New wildfire burning east of Fallon | RecordCourier.com

New wildfire burning east of Fallon

Staff Reports
Photos of the Eagle 2 fire burning near Bridgeport, Calif. Lt. West of the Mono County Sheriff's Office while on scene on Aug. 12.
Lt. West of Mono County Sheriff’s Office |

Genoa, Nev. — Sierra Front firefighters are battling a 600-acre blaze near the Churchill County line east of Fallon.

Air and ground units are anchoring and flanking the fire using hand line construction tactics, according to Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch spokeswoman Helen Frazier.

The fire was creeping with occasional individual tree torching through the night. Lighter winds today will be better for containment efforts, she said.

Tire is burning in a remote area with no structures between Highway 50 and 722.

Units assigned include two engines, a helicopter, and four hand crews for a total of 93 personnel.

Meanwhile, interagency fire crews continue to work to contain a fire burning on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest just west of Bridgeport, Calif. Lightning, earlier in the week, caused the Eagle Two Fire, which is currently burning in timber and has remained at 150 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The fire was reported on Thursday afternoon.

“We were lucky that the Eagle Two Fire was located on a north facing slope in Buckeye Canyon and sheltered from the high winds the area experienced,” said Ty Mizer on Thursday, Incident Commander for the Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team. “The fire could have grown much larger.”

The Buckeye Campground and Buckeye Campground road remains closed at this time due to heavy fire traffic. Additional closures include portions of the Eagle Creek and Buckeye trails. These areas are closed until further notice.

There are a number of partners working together to contain this fire and a special thanks goes to the Mono Sheriff’s Department and Nevada Department of Emergency Management for their additional support.

As of 12:30 p.m., resources assigned to the fire include one air attack, three helicopters, seven engines, three handcrews and various overhead. Mizer Great Basin Type III Incident Management Team is in command of the fire and additional resources continue to be ordered. For additional information on the Eagle Two Fire, visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/4486/26915/