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Location of Origin: Mojave National Preserve, Cima, CA
Start date: August, 15 2020,
Size: Approximately 43,273 acres
Percent Contained: 95%
Resources Assigned: 180 personnel
Fire Information number: 760-252-6100
The Dome Fire is a lightning-caused fire, affected by a series of strong thunderstorms that created extreme fire conditions. In the days following, gusty winds from afternoon thunderstorms and very hot and dry conditions made for challenging containment of the fire. The Joshua Tree woodland experienced extreme fire behavior, causing significant fire damage. The fire has also impacted ½ of the preserve’s wilderness area. Isolated areas of heat remain within the interior portions of the fire, now producing very limited smoke. Today fire personnel will continue mop-up operations and begin their suppression repair activity where possible while strengthening containment. Incident command will transfer back to the local unit Type 3 organization at 6pm on August 22, 2020.
History of Mining on Mojave National Preserve Several individuals have made massive contributions in terms of both time and resources to the history of mining in the greater California Desert area, including the eastern Mojave. Without their efforts, this current study would have not been possible. The vast land base, rich geological resources, and more than a century and a half of mining activity have generated a history that is vast and detailed. Primary source documents are numerous, especially mining items in several historic-period southern California and Nevada newspapers. Compilation of those articles—along with photographs, mining-claim information, and other sources—has been a significant element in piecing together the history of mining in this remote and often misunderstood region. Larry Vredenburgh has been paramount in this effort. His research on mining in San Bernardino and Riverside counties for the five-county study entitled Desert Fever: An Overview of Mining in the California Desert Conservation Area is the most complete documentation of mining activity in the California Desert area. The report was written by Vredenburgh and co-authors Gary L. Shumway and Russell Hartill, and was produced for the Desert Planning Staff of the Bureau of Land Management in 1980 and later published by Living West Press as a limited edition under the same title. Learn More about Mojave National Preserve's Rich Mining History.
Natural and historical resources potentially being impacted are the desert tortoise habitat, the largest natural occurring Joshua Tree forest, and two historical mines the Morning & Evening Star Mines. Crews are working on the ground, with one helicopter for air support.
Increasing relative humidity is expected over this next week with a slight chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. More weather information
All evacuations and paved road closures have been lifted. However, fire personnel and equipment are still working in the area and use of dirt roads within the fire perimeter are restricted. Before visiting a park, please check Mojave National Preserve to determine its operating status.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.