Goshute Cave Fire


Incident #: ELD-40203
Fire Start: 7 months ago
Location: 11.4 miles N of Cherry Creek, NV
Acres: 32,215
Agency: Ely Interagency Communications Center (NVECC)

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 1 day, 12 hours ago — The lightning-ignited Goshute Cave Fire in the Goshute Canyon Wilderness, about 55 miles north of Ely, Nev., continues to show internal activity with occasional torching of unburned fuels.There has been no perimeter growth except for the southern flank where growth is minimal. Firefighter and public safety is the top priority. Roads and trails within the fire area remain closed for firefighter and public safety.The BLM Ely District Sunday evening assumed management of the 31,239-acre fire from Bob Fry’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team. Currently on scene is a Type 4 incident commander, five engines, two water tenders and a Type 3 helicopter to patrol and monitor the fire area.White Pine County residents, recreationalists and motorists on U.S. Highway 93 can expect to see occasional smoke from the fire that was first reported at about 3 p.m., Monday, Aug.


Incident Contact
Chris Hanefeld
Email: chanefel@blm.gov
Phone: 775-289-1842
Hours: M-F 9-5p
Fire Unit Information
Ely District Office
Bureau of Land Management
HC 33 Box 33500 Ely NV 89301-9408 Nevada
Ely, NV 89301

Basic Information

Date of Origin
Monday August 13th, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
55 miles north of Ely, Nev., in the Cherry Creek Range
Incident Commander
Randy Gilbert, Type 4 IC
Incident Description

Current Situation

Total Personnel
31,539 Acres
% Contained
Estimated Containment Date
Monday October 15th, 2018 approx. 08:00 PM
Fuels Involved
The primary carrier of the fire is white fir, limber pine, and mountain mahogany at the higher elevations.
Significant Events
Moderate, Single and group tree torching, creeping and smoldering. Active surface fire with occasional
torching in the mixed conifer fuel type. Fire activity increases with slope and wind alignment in receptive


Planned Actions
Identify management action points for future tactical implementation, point protection on identified sites if safe to do so. Monitor from strategic vantage points and provide intel. Patrol the fire edge with engines were access is favorable. Use the helicopter as needed for recons and to gain intel on fire activity for areas not favorable for ground resources.
Projected Incident Activity
Little fire growth expected except were the fire has backed in Carry Creek were short duration
runs can be expected where roll out has occurred. Moderate activity in the interior timber
stringers that have gone unburned within the perimeter of the fire.