Hess Creek Fire Update 6/28/19

June 28, 2019

Fire Statistics
Location: 12 Miles northeast of Livengood 
Start Date: June 21
Size:  45,000 acres
Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 20                                                                                          
Cause:  Lightning

Current Situation:

The Nevada Type 3 Incident Management Team (IMT) 2 was assigned to the Hess Creek Fire and took command of the fire at 7 a.m. Friday. The Hess Creek Fire was reported on June 21. It smoldered and saw little growth the first few days. However, after severe heat and wind events, the fire grew exponentially and an IMT was ordered to manage the fire.

The number one priority of the IMT will be providing for the safety of firefighters and the public. Developing a Point Protection Plan will be one of the team’s main focuses. This Plan will identify structures and resources at risk, such as mining camps, as well as values both immediately and potentially affected by fire spread. The IMT will initiate suppression activity as necessary to provide this protection. This Point Protection Plan will assist the Team in fire suppression, and will be provided to local emergency managers for other fires that may occur in the area in the future.

Due to the location and lack of accessibility of the fire, indirect attack and structure preparation (as needed) will be the main firefighting tactics. Two 10-person handcrews were ordered to aid in the above suppression and preparation. Aircraft will be used as needed. Fire managers do not intend this to be a full-suppression fire, but rather focus firefighting efforts mainly on resource protection.

Fire Behavior:  

Fire activity continues to see daily growth, and acreage is expected to increase the next few days. Residents and visitors will continue to see heavy smoke as the fire continues to spread. Fuels remain receptive to burning due to the continued hot and dry conditions


Near Red Flag conditions are expected today. High temperatures will be 75-85 degrees. A weather front is predicted to move into the fire area from the west and bring clouds over the interior. There is also a chance of isolated thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday.

Due to these continued hot and dry conditions, the public should remain aware of current fire conditions. Know before you go!

Also, as we’re coming into the Fourth of July weekend, the public should be careful that their recreational activities do not ignite a fire.


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