Patrol and mop up operations are continuing on the Rush Fire, with management by the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. Crews are suppressing fire in unburned islands of vegetation to conserve critically important habitat for wildlife, including greater sage-grouse. The Eagle Lake Field Office has fielded a team of resource specialists who are developing an emergency stabilization and restoration plan. The area and road closures have been lifted.
The Rush fire started on Aug. 12 from lightning and was contained on Aug. 30 after burning 315,577 acres in California and Nevada. The fire was intensified by gusty winds over many days and dry vegetation. Live sagebrush was as a dry as dead sagebrush, for example. These conditions allowed for rapid, uncontrollable fire spread. The part of the fire in California (271,911 acres) constitutes the second-largest fire in modern California history (since accurate record keeping began in 1932).
|Date of Origin||Sunday August 12th, 2012 approx. 06:42 PM|
|Location||15 miles SE of Ravendale, California|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday August 30th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM|
Grass, sagebrush, junipers (5 Brush - 2 Feet)
No fire growth.
The fire is contained.
The BLM Eagle Lake Field Office is developing an emergency stabilization and restoration plan. Burning islands within the fire perimeter are being extinguished to conserve habitat values.
All roads are open. Members of the public are reminded to stay on roads and trails
|Wind Conditions||9 g20 mph SW|