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 385-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 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.  Additional actions will be taken as safety allows.

Assisting the District is the Tushar Mountain Wildland Fire Module (WFM), of Beaver, Utah.  The Tushar Mountain WFM is a 7-10 person crew that supports national interagency programs with managing fire and hazardous fuels reduction, and other projects.  Additional resources are on order.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1842

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