Fire on Mt. Wilson spreads into Wilson Creek drainage in Nevada

Wilson Creek Fire, May 28, 2021
Wilson Creek Fire, May 28, 2021, via GBCC.

10 a.m. MDT May 29, 2021

The Wilson Creek Fire in Eastern Nevada had burned about 700 acres when it was mapped Friday, but the fire was very active that evening and into the night, growing substantially. Judging from the heat detected by satellites Saturday morning it may be two to three times larger.

It was started by lightning and was reported at 10:30 a.m. May 20.

The fire is east of Highway 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 lightning-ignited fire on Mt. Wilson is burning in timber, pinyon-pine, brush, and grass. There is no immediate threat to structures or private property. Public and firefighter safety is the top priority.

“The fire today moved down and out of the rocky terrain that has been largely inaccessible to firefighters, burning through some heavy fuels and making a run into the Wilson Creek drainage.

Wilson Creek Fire
Wilson Creek Fire, as seen from Cave Mtn. at 3:51 p.m. MDT May 28, 2021.

“Ground resources suppressing the fire are one Type 1 hand crew, one Type 2 Initial Attack hand crew, and eight smokejumpers. Two additional Type 1 hand crews are en route. Also en route are two engines to support the one engine onsite, and a bulldozer.  Current aerial resources are one Type 1 helicopter and one Type 2 helicopter with a Type 3 helicopter available as needed. Aerial resources earlier today included three large air tankers and five Single Engine Air Tankers, or SEATs.

“Smoke will be visible to residents and recreationists in eastern Nevada and western Utah. Motorists are encouraged to be aware of increased fire vehicle traffic in the area. The fire is 50-percent contained with full containment expected Saturday evening, June 5. It was first reported Thursday morning, May 20.”

Wilson Creek Fire
Firefighters at the Wilson Creek Fire got a surprise Monday, May 24, 2021.