The first fire broke out in the hills behind the Jailhouse Hotel and Casino after a juvenile was playing with a lighter. As the Bureau of Land Management got their fire team together to assist the city firefighters, a second fire, about 45 miles east of Ely in North Spring Valley, pulled their attention away. No people were injured in either fire, and according to the BLM, the 200 acre fire outside of town should not pose a threat to any people or property and is expected to be 100 percent contained as of Friday.
Though the cause of the second fire is unknown, the BLM’s Public Affairs Specialist Chris Hanefield siad that he suspects it was also caused by people due to the lack of lightning in the area over the past week. The recent pair of fires, alongside the dry and flammable conditions of some of the lands from a mild winter, means that fire season could come early this year, and Hanefield wants people to be prepared.
“Usually we start to fires in White Pine County around July, but this year could be an anomaly,” Hanefield said.