By Chris Hanefield

BLM Public Relations Specialist

Some eastern Nevada residents and visitors may occasionally see smoke from two Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Ely Ranger District-managed wildfires.  The fires pose no threat to human life or property.

The approximately 50-acre Hampton Fire in the Mount Moriah Wilderness, about 60 miles east of Ely, is visible to residents in Baker, and Garrison, Utah, and to visitors at Great Basin National Park. The 205-acre Bear Trap Fire in the Grant Range Wilderness, about 60 miles southwest of Lund, can be seen by residents of Currant, Duckwater, Sunnyside and Railroad Valley.

Both lightning-ignited fires are burning in mixed conifer in steep, rugged terrain.  The District is managing the fires 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.

The Hampton Fire was first reported at about 3:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 16.  The Bear Trap Fire was reported at about 12 p.m., Tuesday, July 15.

The next Bear Trap and Hampton fires update will be Monday, July 21, provided there is no significant fire activity.

For more information, contact Fire Information Officer Chris Hanefeld at 775-289-1842 or chanefel@blm.gov or go to Eastern Nevada Interagency Fire at https://www.facebook.com/ElyFire.  You can also follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ely_Dispatch.