Sierra Front: Bison Fire in Douglas County expected to be contained by Sunday
Submitted by Jeff Munson on Fri, 07/05/2013 - 9:31am
The Bison Fire burning in southeast Douglas County is between 1,200 to 1,300 acres in size with 15 percent containment as of Friday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch.
No structures have been damaged and no injuries reported. Approximately 220 firefighters are working this blaze, which was reported at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Containment and control of the fire is expected Sunday, according to Sierra Front.
The attack plan has been outlined and, has identified major hazards and risks to fire fighters working this fire, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Pat Brooks. These risks are, but not limited to, working in hot weather conditions with lower humidity and the potential for higher winds later today, extremely dry fuels and extreme fire behavior, unidentified mines and steep terrain.
The plan objectives to fighting this fire are, safety of all personnel assigned to this incident, minimize fire impacts to structures in the area, minimize fire impacts to the Bi-State Sage Grouse habitat and using air support early, said Brooks.
The fire crews are going to make a significant effort early this morning in anticipation to the predicted wind event later today.
Firefighters are actively engaged in structure protection and perimeter handline construction designed to keep the fire contained to the Pinenut Creek area. The Pinenut 2 road that leads into the residential areas has been closed except to residential and emergency traffic, according to Sierra Front.
The fire is operating under unified command between East Fork FPD and the BLM. Washam's Sierra Front Type 3 Team will be taking over command of the fire on Saturday morning. Aircraft will be back working the fire later this morning.