There has a been a fire in our neck of the woods.
Strawberry Fire Update
Size: 4,700 acres
Percent Contained: 20%
Current Resources: Four Type 1 hand crews, eight type 2 hand crews, nine engines, one bulldozer, three water tenders, four helicopters, and one heavy air tanker and lead plane.
Total Personnel: 348
BAKER, NV – The approximately 4,700-acre Strawberry Fire, burning in Great Basin National Park about five miles west of Baker, Nev., is tonight 20-percent contained with full containment expected by Friday evening, August 19.
The lightning-ignited fire, which is consuming white fir, pinion-juniper, sagebrush and grasses, has burned onto adjacent Bureau of Land Management-administered lands. Firefighters are implementing a full-suppression strategy, using all available assets to protect life and property, and resources. Firefighter and public safety are the top priority.
The Wheeler Peak Campground remains closed as does Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive above the Lower Lehman Creek Campground. The trail from Upper Lehman Creek Campground to Wheeler Peak Campground is also closed. The public is asked to respect all closures. The launching, landing, or operation of unmanned aircraft (drones) is prohibited due to impacts to the ability of fire personnel to fight fires safely and effectively.
Regular visitor services in the Lehman Caves Visitor Center area are continuing uninterrupted at this time. The Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing Party is still scheduled Thursday night, August 11, as is the Great Basin, Great Inspiration Artist Workshops on August 13.
Management of the fire will transition at 6 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 11, to the Great Basin Team 7, led by Tony DeMasters.