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July 8, 2013
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17,000 acres destroyed by Bison Fire

The number of acres destroyed by the Bison Fire is now up to 17,000 according to a press release.

Firefighters made progress overnight, even though the fire remained active, according to the Carson City District of the Bureau of Land Management. As of 2:30 p.m., officials reported the fire was 15 percent contained. They expected the fire to be fully contained by Sunday.

Crews are preparing for another wind event today, with fire activity similar to yesterday. The fire was extremely active on the northeast side yesterday afternoon and into the evening, the release stated. Contingency plans remain in place for positioning of both air and ground resources should the fire move further to the east.

No injuries have been reported, but the fire ran through the Slater Mine area and destroyed several old structures. Officials to not know how many structures have been destroyed.

Road closures for non-residents are in place for Pine Nut Road at the intersection of Out-R-Way, East Valley at Grandview, Sunrise Pass at Coyote Rocks, Brunswick Canyon, Mexican Dam and Sunrise Pass at Artesia Road. Other voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for about 20 structures in the area.

Due to safety concerns, fire officials ask that the public stay away from the fire area.

Fire information will continue to be updated at,, and on the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators and Douglas County’s pages on Facebook. A fire information phone line is also being staffed from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 775-782-1428.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 8, 2013 04:20PM Published Jul 8, 2013 05:33PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.