Ely, Nev. – Area residents and motorists may occasionally see smoke from the lightning-ignited White Pine Fire that is burning in the Currant Mountain Wilderness, about 40 miles southwest of Ely. The 725-acre fire poses no threat to human life or property, but is visible to motorists on U.S. Highway 6, State Route 318 near Blackjack Junction and in the Railroad Valley area.

The Road and Campground Closure Order will remain in effect until further notice. Road guards will not be staffed at this time. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution due to fire vehicles and personnel working in the area.

The White Pine Fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, consuming white fir and limber pine. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District is managing the fire to provide for firefighter and public safety in accordance with the Forest Land Management and Fire Management plans. The plans increase public and firefighter safety, reduce the threat of future catastrophic wildland fire, increase native vegetative diversity and improve wildlife habitat.

Assisting the Ely Ranger District is the Tushar Mountain Wildland Fire Module (WFM), a 10 person crew that supports national interagency programs with the managing fire and hazardous fuels reduction and other projects.

The fire poses no threat to human life or property, but is visible to motorists on U.S. Highway 6,

State Route 318 near Blackjack Junction and in the Railroad Valley area.

For more information, contact Jose Noriega, Ely District Ranger, at (775) 289-3031 or jnoriega@fs.fed.us.

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