Wilson Creek Fire Archives – Wildfire Today
10 a.m. EDT May 29, 2021
The Wilson Creek fire in eastern Nevada had burned about 700 acres when it was mapped out on Friday, but the fire was very active that evening and into the night, increasing dramatically. Judging by the heat detected by the satellites on Saturday morning, it could be two to three times as much.
It was launched by lightning and was reported at 10:30 a.m. on May 20.
The blaze is east of Route 93, 21 miles north of Pioche, Nevada, 44 miles north of Caliente, Nevada, and 17 miles west of the Nevada / Utah border.
Below is a Friday night update from the Incident Management Team:
“The fire ignited by lightning on Mt. Wilson burns in wood, pines, brush and grass. There is no immediate threat to structures or private property. The safety of the public and the firefighters is the top priority.
“The fire today moved down and out of rocky terrain that was largely inaccessible to firefighters, burning heavy fuels and rushing into Wilson Creek drainage.
“The land resources that suppress fire are a Type 1 Hand Squad, a Type 2 Initial Attack Hand Squad, and eight Smokers. Two additional Type 1 crews are en route. Also on the way, two engines to support one of the engines on site and a bulldozer. The current air assets are a Type 1 helicopter and a Type 2 helicopter with a Type 3 helicopter available as needed. Earlier today, air assets included three large tankers and five single-engine tankers, or SEATs.
“The smoke will be visible to residents and recreation enthusiasts of eastern Nevada and western Utah. Motorists are encouraged to be aware of the increased traffic of fire vehicles in the area. The fire is under 50% control with full containment scheduled for Saturday evening, June 5. It was first reported on Thursday morning May 20. “