The lightning-ignited White Pine Fire, in the Currant Mountain Wilderness approximately 40 miles southwest of Ely, remains at 720 acres. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District has reopened the Currant Creek and White River Roads, and White River Campground to the public. Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution due to fire vehicles and personnel.

The White Pine Fire is burning in steep, rugged terrain, consuming white fir and limber pine. The 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 are being taken as safety allows.

Assisting the Ely Ranger District are the Tye Mizer Type 3 Team and 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.

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 Patti Bute, BLM Ely District fire information officer, at (775) 289-1950 or pbute@blm.gov.

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