Rush Fire Update 8/20/12 8 Pm
Incident: Rush Fire Wildfire
Rush Fire Update
August 20, 2012 8 pm
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team - Doug Turman, IC
Fire Information Office:
Staffed: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Started: August 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm
Fuels: Fire is burning in sagebrush, juniper, and grass
Estimated Size: 285,188 acres
Expected Containment: 8/25/2012
Committed Resources: Approximately 760 people
Structures Threatened: 9 (6 residences; 1 commercial; 2 outbuildings)
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 1 (barn)
Injuries: 2 (both in fire camp)
Location: The fire is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northern California District (BLM-CA-NOD,) Eagle Lake Field Office, approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, California. The fire is burning near a major natural gas line and transfer station, and power transmission lines that supply the Reno area and adjacent to Highway 395.
Summary: Today the fire spread was limited to the northeast corner. About 11:00 A. M. fire activity picked up, driven in part by predicted southwest winds and the fire spread north of Buckhorn Road. Night crews will work to pinch off as much of today's spread as possible and continue to mop-up and patrol most of the remaining fire perimeter. Tomorrow is predicted to be a "Red Flag" day due to low humidity and winds gusting to 35 miles per hour. Fire spread potential will be greater than today. Tomorrow ground and air forces will concentrate on flanking and minimizing the northeastern spread. On the remainder of the perimeter, firefighters will seek out and mop-up any heat sources 300 feet and deeper into the fire perimeter.
Area and Road Closures in Effect: On August 17, the BLM issued a closure order for public lands in the fire area to protect public health and safety. The closed area is bounded by Highway 395 on the west, the Sand Pass Road on the east, and the Wendel Road on the south. The new northern boundary for the public land closure is the Juniper Ridge, Tuledad, Stage Road, Marr Road, and Buckhorn Road extending to Nevada Highway 447 in Washoe County. Routes closed within this closure area include the Ramhorn Springs, Rye Patch Road, Buckhorn, Shinn Ranch, Stoney, Deep Cut, Smoke Creek, Skedaddle Ranch, Dry Valley, and Brubeck roads. The Ramhorn Springs Campground and the Dodge Reservoir Campground also is closed.
Travelers along the Highway 395 corridor, please use caution where fire crews and equipment are working in the fire area.
Remarks: NOTE: Use of chainsaws on public lands managed by BLM in NE California and far northwest Nevada is suspended effective Monday, Aug. 20, due to extreme fire danger. Fire officials remind residents and visitors that fire restrictions are in effect for public lands and national forests in northeast California and far northwest Nevada. Campfires are permitted only in posted recreation sites.
For additional fire information, please go to InciWeb @ http://inciweb.org/incident/3151/