WW – Nevada wildfire

July 9, 2013

Bison Fire east of Minden, Nevada, NV

Photo © Stan White

View of the Bison Fire, started by lightning on July 4. It is burning in the Pinenut Mountains, east of Minden, Nevada. So far, there are no injuries and few structures lost. This photo was taken on July 5 from the Kingsbury Grade, looking across the Carson Valley. As of today (7/9/13), the Bison Fire has grown to over 21,000 acres and is proving difficult to contain due to winds, low humidity, and dry fuel in its path. Over 700 firefighters with air support are fighting the blaze.

This is turning out to be a severe wildfire season, with big fires burning throughout the West. Several have already occurred in Nevada, including a big blaze currently burning in the Mt. Charleston area near Las Vegas. A fire near Yarnell, AZ, claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. Please be extremely careful this summer. Learn more about staying safe and dealing with wildfires from this “Reno / Tahoe Wildfire Safety” article.

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5 Responses to “WW – Nevada wildfire”

  1. indrani Says:

    Initially I thought it was clouds.
    But this turned out sad, I hope the fire was put off.

  2. For safety’s sake, I wonder if there should be less focus on controlling natures wildfires limiting risk to protecting structures.

  3. Beth F Says:

    Powerful image — I too thought it was clouds at first.

  4. Susan Adcox Says:

    After seeing lots of dead trees from pine bark beetles in Colorado a few years ago, I wasn’t surprised at the number of fires we have had recently. If you’ve ever seen a Christmas tree go up in flames, you have a bit of an idea what a fire in these devastated forests must be like. I understand that the beetle larvae aren’t being killed off in the winters due to climate change, so I think we can expect more of the same.

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