- Incident Name: Hot Pot, north of Battle Mountain, Nevada
- State: NV
- Lead Agency: NV-NNS
- Size (acres): 122,292
- Percent Contained: 90
- Estimate of Containment: July 9, 2016
- Personnel: 216
- Structures Destroyed: 9
Hot Pot, Nevada DOF. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Bird) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. Thirty-five miles north of Battle Mountain, NV. Brush and grass. Minimal fire behavior. Sage-grouse habitat threatened. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.
July 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM
The fire is currently 90 % contained. Due to GPS mapping, there was a reduction of acres yesterday from 122,360 to 122,292. There are approximately 10 miles of containment line left to restore, which include smoothing dozer berms. A satellite will pass over the fire area today to take a burned area reflectance classification image, which will show where the fire burned the most severely. It will also reveal the location and size of unburned islands of vegetation. In the future, this image will be field verified by specialists who will then determine the actual number of burned acres and write a rehabilitation treatment plan. Native sagebrush/ grass ecosystems are critical to livestock grazing and local economies. Given the extreme fire behavior that took place the first two days, firefighters have done an excellent job protecting critical habitat livestock, sage grouse, mule deer and many other range land species need to survive. A transfer of command will take place Saturday from Great Basin Incident Management Team 5 to Nevada Team 2, a type 3 incident management organization. Team members are preparing transition plans and strategy documents to facilitate this transfer.
An aerial flight took place today to gather additional information on damaged and destroyed property, public infrastructure and natural resources. A total of nine structures were counted. These included a secondary residence, one commercial property outbuilding, a water well, a remote weather station and multiple fence lines.
The entire western and northern flanks of the fire perimeter are repaired (54 miles). Three dozers and several engines will concentrate work efforts on the southern and eastern flanks to repair the remaining 10 miles of dozer and handline. Rehabilitation of these lines will be completed in the fall when the soil is more receptive to seeds.
The temporary flight restriction put in place to protect the airspace airtankers, helicopters and other aviation assets used during the fire was removed Thursday. In the future, airspace will be de-conflicted locally if need be.
Handcrews are mopping up the last remaining hot spots west of Rock Creek Ranch.
Today, dozers, engines and a hand crew will complete the last 10 miles of repair work on dozer lines created during suppression efforts.
A satellite will pass over the fire area today to take a burned area reflectance classification image, which will show where the fire burned the most severely. It will also reveal the location and size of unburned islands of vegetation. In the future, this image will be field verified to help specialists determine the actual number of burned acres and create a rehabilitation treatment plan. Given this information, the actual number of acres burned will decrease due to the unburned interior islands of sage brush and grass.
Preparations are being made to transfer command of the fire to a smaller incident management team on Saturday.